Drugs found in hard candies; two 14-year-olds arrested

RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — Two students – one in high school; the other, middle school – were arrested two weeks ago and accused of hiding drugs in hard candy, according to the Richmond Police Department and the Chariho Regional School District.

School and police officials issued a joint announcement notifying parents and local residents of an ongoing investigation into two separate cases of alleged controlled substance distribution. Police said investigators arrested two different 14-year-old students March 27 and that each of the suspects was in possession of a controlled substance hidden in hard candy.

The first suspect, a student at Chariho Middle School, was arrested after he allegedly gave “marijuana candy” to another student. Police said they found a bag of suspicious, unlabeled hard candy in the suspect’s possession.

The second suspect, a student at Chariho High School, was arrested after police said school surveillance video showed the suspect involved in an apparent drug transaction. Police said the suspect was found with two Concerta pills and an unlabeled hard brown candy. Police said the brown candy tested positive for traces of methamphetamine, but they said they are continuing to test the substance at the Rhode Island Dept. of Health.

Police and school officials said they decided to issue the joint news release due to the “unique, dangerous and unsafe nature” of the incidents.

“Our problem here is no better or worse than anywhere else, I think we’re pretty average,” said Chariho Superintendent Barry Ricci. “Our task force just reported to our school committee that about 70 percent of our kids do not use marijuana, so most kids don’t. So we would like that percent to go up, we would like more kids not to.”

Police said the investigation into the two arrests is ongoing.

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