Kittery youths suffer seizures from laced marijuana, officials warn

December 12th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

KITTERY, Maine — A local man was arrested Tuesday night on marijuana trafficking charges, after two Kittery School Department students had seizures late last week from smoking pot allegedly procured from him.

Matthew Dayton, 19, of Rogers Road in Kittery, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, after police searched his house on a warrant issued through a York County District Court judge.

Taken from the home were at least three mason jars of marijuana as well as scales and other items, Police Chief Theodor Short said.

Late last week, two students were taken to the hospital after they experienced seizures police believe may have been linked to the ingestion of the pot. They are not ruling out that the marijuana was laced with another substance and have sent the drug confiscated from Dayton’s house to the Maine State Police lab.

“We don’t know yet whether or not these seizures were induced by the marijuana, but we have certainly seen marijuana laced with all sorts of things,” Short said.

According to Short, one student remains hospitalized, after experiencing multiple seizures. The other is no longer hospitalized, he said.

Short said he is sure that police have arrested the person responsible for selling marijuana to the two students. He said no other students have experienced similar symptoms in the days since.

“We don’t know the scope of his sales yet,” Short said of Dayton.

The decision was made to charge Dayton with felony-level trafficking because of the ages of his alleged

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