Two Ellsworth High School students charged in $5000 medical marijuana theft

November 11th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two local high school students are facing charges after they allegedly stole $5,000 worth of medical marijuana from a local man, according to police.

The alleged theft came to light on Thursday, Nov. 6, when administrators at Ellsworth High School, acting on a tip, found 11 jars of processed marijuana in one of the student’s cars in the school’s parking lot, Ellsworth police Detective Dotty Small said Monday.

Charged in the incident are Austin Hamilton, 18, and a 17-year-old male juvenile, both of whom are from Ellsworth. Hamilton has been charged with felony burglary and theft in connection with the incident while the juvenile faces a felony theft charge, according to police.

Small said the marijuana was found a day before a local resident, who is a licensed medical marijuana user, contacted police to report that someone had stolen marijuana from his house. Once the man contacted police, officers quickly pieced the two incidents together, she said.

Small added that the licensed user estimated the value of the marijuana to be $3,800, but that officers with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency weighed the marijuana and determined it’s street value to be approximately $5,000.

In addition to the 11 jars, a small marijuana plant was found in the student’s car. The total estimated amount of marijuana that was taken, all of which was recovered is about 13 ounces, she said.

Small said other charges relating to the presence of the drug on school property may be pending. Attempts Monday to contact an MDEA spokesman

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