Drug Arrest at Local High School Reinforces Importance of Disposing Old Medication
St Lucie County, FLA- Sheriff Ken Mascara and St. Lucie Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announce the arrest of two Central High School students. They were attempting to sell prescription medication.This underscores the importance of disposing of unwanted medication.
According to Superintendent Gent, around noon on Thursday, Nov. 16, Central High School administrators were made aware that two students were in possession of drugs.
“Immediately, our school administrators contacted the School Resource Deputy who quickly located the students and an administrative search of their belongings was conducted,” said St. Lucie Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.
According to Sheriff Mascara, deputies located a large zip lock bag containing an assortment of white pills. The bag weighed almost half a pound and containing Oxycodone, a schedule 2 controlled narcotic. Also located were two prescription Fentanyl patches.
“Our deputies and narcotics detectives questioned the students and determined the medication was found in one of their homes as a result of a recent family member who died,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. “This underscores the importance of parents and adults to properly dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription medication properly so they don’t end up in the wrong hands.”
Residents can drop of unwanted prescription medication at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters. They are located at 4700 West Midway Road in Fort Pierce.
Deputies arrested Anthony Giovani Orellana, 16. They charged him with two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Then, also charged with one count each of trafficking in oxycodone and selling a scheduled II narcotic within 1,000 feet of a school. Also arrested was Darien Almiron, 17, and charged with possession of a schedule II narcotic with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school.
Orellana and Almiron were taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice Detention Center.
According to Superintendent Gent, those involved will face severe consequences with the potential for expulsion based on the District’s Code of Conduct. He added that the School District appreciates its close partnership with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and is working in full cooperation to swiftly and fully investigate this matter.
“The health, safety, and welfare of our students is our highest priority, Gent said. “I encourage anyone with information about this matter to contact the Sheriff’s office at 772-462-3230 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-8477 to remain anonymous.”