‘Pot’ cookies lead to criminal charges against Cape Elizabeth students

December 26th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

CAPE ELIZABETH — Three juveniles were arrested and charged with drug trafficking for their alleged roles in the distribution of marijuana-laced cookies Dec. 7 at Cape Elizabeth High School.

Police Department Capt. Brent Sinclair on Wednesday said two 17-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy were charged with aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs for allegedly selling the cookies to other students at the school.

In addition to the drug trafficking charges, 18-year-old Samuel Sherman, of Cape Elizabeth, and seven Cape Elizabeth boys were issued summonses for possession of marijuana. Four of the juveniles are 16 years old; three are 15.

The students are alleged to have sold and ingested the cookies at school before some of them attended a day-long TEDxYouth event – part of a worldwide series of discussions designed to empower and inspire young people, which was being hosted for the first time by a Maine high school. The cookies were discovered after some of the students became ill and required medical assistance from the school nurse.

Prior to the arrests, eight students received two-day suspensions from school and a ninth student was suspended for 10 days. That student also faces possible expulsion by the School Board because of violations of the School Department drug policy.

The investigation involved at least three officers, Sinclair said.

“We are hoping this concludes it,” he said. “(There is) no other information at this point.”

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