UPDATED: Teen caught trafficking drugs at city school

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Police say he was selling drugs in and outside TOSH

SUMMERSIDE — A city teen was arrested Wednesday, found with 2.5 ounces of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia as he was entering Three Oaks Senior High.

Six students at Three Oaks Senior High School have been disciplined following a breach of that school's student progress tracking system known as StudentsAchieve. Nancy MacPhee/Journal Pioneer

He now faces drug-trafficking charges and a potential two-year prison sentence.

The 17-year-old man, a student at the county’s largest high school, had been under investigation by police for about two weeks.

This week, the Prince District JFO Drug Unit had enough information to prompt action, moving in to arrest the teen on school grounds midday Wednesday.

During his arrest, police seized marijuana, prepackaged and in bulk, along with a digital scale used to weigh the drug, cash, cellphone and packaging supplies.

Cpl. Andy Cook said police believe the teen was not only selling drugs inside the school but in the community.

“We grabbed him coming in the front doors,” Cook said on Thursday.

He couldn’t comment if it was the first bust of its kind at the city school.

“It is significant in that it took place in a school, which is concerning, obviously, to myself and I am sure to parents,” said Cook. “I know the school is extremely concerned about it.”

The 70 grams of marijuana, at $10 a gram, would be worth about $700 on the street.

When asked if there is increase in drug use and trafficking within area schools Cook said he personally isn’t receiving information to indicate that is the case.

“There is always a percentage of students that partake in those activities.”

The issue of having a police officer situated in the school was raised by city council earlier this year, something at the time principal Nicole Haire said she supported.

The idea was to have an officer act as a liaison between the city, students, parents and teachers and promote positive relationships with the students.

“I don’t think we are ever going to come up with a perfect solution. It certainly, from our perspective, the drug section’s perspective, it is a special circumstance to try and investigate that,” he added. “That individual wasn’t only trafficking at the school but off of school grounds. That is where the bulk of our investigation took place.”

Calls for comment made to the school and to English Language School Board superintendent Cynthia Fleet have not yet been returned.

The teen was released to his parents and will appear in Summerside provincial court at a later date to answer to the drug-trafficking charge.

Cook wouldn’t comment on whether or not the teen had a prior related record.

With recent amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, particularly Section 5(3)(ii), the minimum sentence is two years in jail if “the person committed the offence in or near a school, on or near school grounds or in or near any other public place usually frequented by persons under the age of 18 years.

Police say there are also other amendments relating to using people under the age of 18 in committing this offense, which can also garner the same sentence.

“We’re going to consult with our Crown counsel as to what happens. Mandatory minimums are so new that we’re still feeling our way out with them,” said Cook. “We leave it with the Crown. Usually we give our input to them but as far as sentencing goes the Crown puts forward what they feel is a relevant sentence and the judge makes that decision.”

He said parents should talk with their children about the perils of illegal drug use.

“When I do lectures in schools I don’t go in and tell them what to do because they are at an age that they don’t listen,” said the RCMP officer. “Educate them. Educate them on what the dangers are of each drug. Marijuana is certainly not without its dangers, contrary to what a lot of people think.”

 

nmacphee@journalpioneer.com

 

 

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • the truth
    December 11, 2013 - 11:29

    trust me he ain't no netendo playing nerd, but he ain't a big drug dealer either. cut him some slack. alest he has a way of making momey while the rest have to steal stuff and pawn are belongings just to surive. mabey you should stop worrying about these so called big drug dealers and worry about us getting food and being able to stay warm. Serously like what will the narcs be arresting us for next, walking accross the street.

  • tj
    November 30, 2013 - 01:00

    Wow,quite the crime,lol.what a joke.get the big dealers that deal with cocain and pills.

  • Kevin
    November 29, 2013 - 11:06

    2.5 ounces of weed in a school there Jamasin, it doesn't matter how many drugs there are on P.E.I. The fact of the matter is its a SCHOOL. There is a time and a place for everything. All you naieve little kids posting comments in this story, your friend got BUSTED. Sad for you but it's already done so pull up your socks and move on with life. You don't need to waste your time replying to people with nonsense. Maybe you should have spent your time in school learning, not dealing drugs.

  • off the strreet
    November 29, 2013 - 07:50

    thx robert giz for liting summerside down and not inforcing more cops to do more things about are drug problems here thx very helpful.

  • Terri
    November 29, 2013 - 05:08

    Well now I wonder when the Liberals make it legal to use drugs (recreationally), will it be alright to sell the drugs then because I am sure that whoever is going to buy these drugs are only going to use them recreationally! I find it very hypocritical of the government to be spending all this money on drug usage and studies here on the Island but yet still support using recreationally. Seriously do they think that all of the Island people who are addicted started out addicted! Seriously I am sure they all started out using "recreationally" as well.

  • jamasin
    November 28, 2013 - 18:55

    If you people are that oblivious to make a story on "2.5 ounces" and a scale then we got nothing to worry about. Summer Side is worse than Charlottetown when it comes to the drug seen.

  • chill out
    November 28, 2013 - 17:55

    Hes a 17 year old and honestly a good guy. A two year sentence for a teenager who isnt even doing anything anyone else isnt. If he serves prison time i, along with most of three oaks will be in an uproar

    • idec
      November 29, 2013 - 11:35

      and the truth is spoken

  • ironic
    November 28, 2013 - 17:34

    wonderful. while you're patting yourselves on the back for a 70G pot bust there are probably 70 or more teens out there sniffing their allowances up their noses... leave the potheads be.. Trudeau will make it legal soon enough anyways. Go after the real issue. Pills.

  • dale doebake
    November 28, 2013 - 17:07

    it's not that often someone gets caught with drugs but it should happen more often. Summerside is filled with people that use/exchange drugs all the time. no surprise seeing one person get caught. i'd like to see a whole gang get caught. that there would be a please to me

  • Islandher
    November 28, 2013 - 16:58

    The benefits of a police liason in the school should really be looked at in this situation. This is an opportunity to teach not only that boy, but his friends about the impact the decisions they make have on themselves as well as the community. An officer in school is also a great way for young people to build positive relationships and connect with resources. In cases like this a school resource officer would work with the youth and come up with measures to improve the outcome of the situation. It certainly wouldn't hurt.

  • Concerned parent
    November 28, 2013 - 16:23

    Our teachers and administers are NOT narcotics officers. They are there to educate our students and do a great job doing so. This a police matter and a police officer needs to be in the building. Our politicians, both provincial and regional, need to act like adults and find the necessary funds. If we have millions for web design so we can pay our taxes more conveniently, perhaps a better investment would be to concern ourselves further with the safety of our most precious resource--our children.

  • gotcha
    November 28, 2013 - 16:00

    First of its kind at three oaks....where have the police been. This is old news at Three Tokes Getsya High School

  • frank white
    November 28, 2013 - 15:18

    mandatory minimums are NOT an answer, and will NOT help the community. simply look at any other area in the world that has tried this approach, our neighbours to the south being a good example. however, the way Cook spoke, sounds as though he knows that mandatory minimums are not good and instead is opting to allow the crown and judge to decide what is appropriate, if so i applaud him for that.

  • Go figure
    November 28, 2013 - 15:15

    GO FIGURE, does not surprise me it... it is a SCUMMERSIDE school afterall -- now I am not hating on just Scummerside, but I wouldn't be surprised if this happened at a charlottetown school either,

  • harrison
    November 28, 2013 - 14:42

    A 2 year pen sentence are you well. Pot is a joke and should be the least of the narcs worries they are a bunch of monkeys

  • sad :(
    November 28, 2013 - 11:44

    I think the real person who should be serving the 2 years in jail should be the ADULT who was selling the marijuana to this child knowing they are trafficking it in the schools. When a child's support system fails them, who really is to blame?? 17 years old?? just breaks my heart

  • Crime don't pay
    November 28, 2013 - 10:44

    Hang that little convict out to dry, through the book at him now so when he matures as an adult he won't repeat.

  • blake
    November 28, 2013 - 10:31

    Really police in school cause one kid got caught with abit of weed. This being a plant that is now curing cancer? Wake up there are alot more things to be worried about then ur kids smoking weed if thats all they are doin be happy the summerside police force should spend there time getting the persciption drugs of the streets maybe police inthe doctors office cause sorry to say they are the biggest drug dealers on the island now

  • blake
    November 28, 2013 - 10:30

    Really police in school cause one kid got caught with abit of weed. This being a plant that is now curing cancer? Wake up there are alot more things to be worried about then ur kids smoking weed if thats all they are doin be happy the summerside police force should spend there time getting the persciption drugs of the streets maybe police inthe doctors office cause sorry to say they are the biggest drug dealers on the island now

  • Townie
    November 28, 2013 - 08:39

    Yet Ghiz doesn't think we need to Police presence in our schools

  • Fed UP!
    November 28, 2013 - 08:38

    Hope he/ she will get tossed in the pen for the 2 years BUT probably not with our justice system. They will be back @ 3 tokes next week & doing the same thing.

    • T dizzy
      November 28, 2013 - 10:24

      I bet you wish the death penalty was an option too?? We are talking about 2 1/2 ounces of weed on a 17 year old kid here. I'm not going to say that it's okay for them to have it but a 2 year sentence would be ridiculous. Marijuana isn't the drug we should be so concerned about in this small city. This isn't the first nor will it be the last kid who sold drugs at the 3 oaks or any school. Be thankful it was weed.

    • u r fukd
      November 28, 2013 - 13:58

      really gonna ruin the poor kids life because he had a bag of weed lol what a joke.

    • get a life.
      November 28, 2013 - 14:01

      the fact that you just referred to Three Oaks Senior High as 3 tokes, just goes to show how the drug issue within schools is much greater than this one young student selling. When people like yourself (who i am assuming by your comment do not do drugs) are labeling the school as 3 tokes, it doesnt help the issue, it adds to it and makes it even more a normal thing. should this young student be held responsible for his "crimes" yes, should he be jailed-putting a his young life on pause that will result in damaging his future, which in return has major influences on our community- No. that is our problem here young kids are being punished by the system. they arent being helped. i can guarantee putting this student in jail will only help him expand his knowledge on drug selling and using and will introduce to him more connections. nothing positive will come from locking a young soul up, we need to be HELPING the younger generation. locking kids up to "protect" the rest is not helping it is only causing more problems for the future. So in a few years time when you look around and everything is the same, kids selling in schools, kids selling around the community, because of the 25+ year olds that are still hanging around selling drugs, unemployed and introducing highschool students to drugs,- i hope you take a moment to reflect on how well punishing them has worked. people dont start selling drugs because their life is all sun and rainbows, we need to be looking at this as a red flag, and a starting point to HELP our youth so we can actually make a difference in the community for generations to come, not for the two years

    • just a guy
      November 28, 2013 - 20:22

      lol its just a little kid with weed i doubt he will got to the pen , and why would ya want that he would get raped and stabbed , hes probably just a little nintendo playing nerd that sells weed to his friends . i got to give him props though at least he is going to school