Cops looking into origin of marijuana baked goods at NHS

Cary Ashby • Updated Mar 11, 2016 at 10:44 PM

Police continue to investigate the origins of baked goods suspected of being laced with marijuana.

The Norwalk Police Department received a complaint Monday night about possibly marijuana-laced baked goods being distributed or sold at Norwalk High School, Capt. Mike Conney said.

Just after 10 p.m. Monday, a 46-year-old father came into the station with his 18-year-old son. Conney said the father was holding a bag which contained a sandwich-like baked good in which two Graham crackers surrounded some brown material.

Upon it being unwrapped from aluminum foil, Officer Jonthan Craybill said in his report he noticed a strong smell of marijuana and a related bud near the “sandwich.” Craybill then interviewed the father and son.

After the interview, the son, Joseph N. Thomas, 18, of 29 Whittlesey Ave., was charged with possession of marijuana.

Conney said there are three juveniles possibly involved in the distribution of the suspicious baked goods.

“None of them have been charged yet,” the police captain added. “I don’t think it was an ongoing thing — at least not with this particular individual (Thomas).”

Norwalk City Schools Superintendent George Fisk was asked about the situation Thursday, when the Reflector learned about the allegations.

“I know there was an investigation, but to be fair to the appeal process, I don’t want to get involved in the appeal process,” he said.

Fisk was asked if any NHS students have been suspended. Citing school privacy records, he declined to comment.

NHS Principal Brad Cooley investigated at the school with assistant principal Patrick Kania for an entire day.

“We identified all of the subjects. We know who all the players are,” Cooley said. “It (the marijuana) was produced off-campus and it was brought on-campus by another juvenile.”

When asked if any students received any suspensions, the principal declined to get into any specifics, but said, according to the NHS handbook, any time there’s a drug-related issue there are suspensions.

The marijuana incident impacted the cast of the NHS musical, “Oklahoma!,” which opened Thursday.

Cooley said that situation is no different than a sports team when there are positions that must be filled, but in the case of the musical, there are other cast members who were trained and could substitute for the missing students.

“They are making their amends,” he said about the offenders. “They apologized to their fellow actors and actresses tonight.”

Cooley was asked about how much of a problem drugs are at NHS.

“It’s a rarity to have drugs brought on campus,” he said. “It’s a rarity (to have) activity of this kind.”

The police investigation is ongoing.

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