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On March 27, a 14-year-old student from Chariho Middle School was arrested on drug charges. A small bag of a suspicious unlabeled hard candy was retrieved from the suspect, which tested positive for traces of methamphetamine. More conclusive toxicology testing will be conducted by the Rhode Island Department of Health. | Courtesy of Richmond Police Department

Chariho teen receives medical treatment after consuming “pot” candy


WOOD RIVER JCT. — Three Chariho students have been arrested on charges of distributing and/or possessing a controlled substance after a student experienced a reaction from consuming candy containing “a controlled substance” obtained from another student on March 26.

Richmond Police say they initially arrested a 14-year-old middle school student on March 27 on charges of distributing a controlled substance in or near a school and possession of a controlled substance.

Chief Elwood M Johnson Jr. and Chariho Superintendent Barry Ricci issued a joint statement Monday, warning about what they say are harmful drugs being disguised in a hard candy. In one case, a Chariho Middle School student required medical attention after consuming “marijuana candy” that reportedly tested positive for traces of methamphetamine.

A second unidentified 14-year-old student at Chariho High School was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance as the result of an investigation.

Police reports on the incident indicate a Chariho High School surveillance video taken in the hallway was reviewed and two students involved in an apparent drug transaction were identified. Police say the high school teen was in possession of Concerta pills (methylphenidate HCI) for which there was no prescription, and another controlled substance in the form of an unlabeled hard brown candy. Police say the substance tested positive for traces of methamphetamine, but they are awaiting further toxicology testing from the Rhode Island Department of Health.

On Monday, another Chariho High student was charged with one count of distributing a controlled substance in or near a school. Police say the investigation continues.

“The use of the candy-like item to conceal an illegal, controlled substance raises a number of significant concerns. Communication with the community to raise awareness is key to preventing unnecessary tragedies,” according to the statement.

Johnson and Ricci are encouraging parents to use the recent incident as a “teachable moment to reinforce the expectation that illegal substances be rejected.”



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