12-year-old Calif. boy facing drug charges for selling marijuana brownies

Friday, October 24, 2014
12-year-old Fresno boy facing drug charges for selling marijuana brownies
A Fresno seventh grader faces possible expulsion and drug charges for selling marijuana laced brownies at a local middle school.

FRESNO, Calif. -- A seventh grade student in California faces possible expulsion and drug charges for selling marijuana laced brownies at school. The 12-year-old said he stole the brownies from his older brother who has a medical marijuana card.

The school district found out about the pot brownies because one student got very sick after eating one on Wednesday. He is now recovering and the student who sold the brownies is facing charges.

At Sequoia Middle School, a student is accused of dealing pot brownies to pre-teens -- not an age typically associated with criminal activity.

Lt. Joe Gomez with the Fresno Police Department said, "It does happen and especially with the marijuana cards now and people being allowed to do that -- you see it more."

School administrators found out about the on-campus drug sale after a concerned parent took her unconscious student to the hospital Wednesday. It was there they confirmed the student was high on pot.

Early Thursday the young dealer was caught red-handed with a Tupperware container full of individually wrapped brownies for sale.

"Sometimes kids that are seventh graders are involved in the game and getting into drugs already but by looking at that kid he didn't appear that way at all," said Gomez.

According to the young dealer, his 25-year-old brother has a medicinal marijuana card and stores brownies in the fridge for back pain. The 12-year-old says he stole the brownies without his older brother's permission.

Parents of other middle school students say this type of behavior at such a young age is concerning.

Raquel Aguilar explained, "It's shocking i didn't think that would happen here."

A representative from Fresno Unified School District said both students, the buyer and seller in this case, could face suspension or expulsion -- depending on the student's history of conduct. The boys will also be referred to substance abuse services.

The 12-year-old says he only sold two brownies to the student who got sick. Why and how the student had access to the marijuana is still under investigation. The 25-year-old brother is being questioned.