Local students charged in Adderall sales

Cary Ashby • Nov 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Two local boys face drug charges in connection with several Adderall transactions at South Central High School.

"This happened on several occasions. ... It looks like it was two or three different occasions," Huron County Sheriff's Detective Josh Querin said. "One of the persons selling the drug was a juvenile."

Deputies received a call Nov. 12 from Principal Wayne Hinkle and interviewed four male students. Two of those students were 18-year-old male subjects, whom Querin said were the buyers.

Adderall is a Schedule II drug.

"It's a central nervous system stimulant," Querin said.

Information about the case was turned over to Huron County Children Services, the Huron County Prosecutor's Office and Huron County Juvenile Court.

A 16-year-old Willard boy is charged with trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony if committed by an adult. Another suspect, a 17-year-old boy from North Fairfield, is charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Both defendants entered denials to their respective charges Nov. 13, court administrator Chris Mushett said. Both boys have separate Dec. 5 pretrial hearings scheduled while the older boy has a trial set for Jan. 14.

"It looks like (it was) quite a few pills," said Querin, who explained the incidents started out as a joke.

"At first, they were joking, but they went through with it," the detective said.

One of the suspected sales was 50 pills for $40 while in another, 10 pills reportedly were being sold for $5.

"They juveniles were the ones supplying the drugs. ... The prescription belonged to them," Querin said. "They were released to (their) custodial parents."

Deputies forwarded a report to the Norwalk Law Director's Office for the consideration of charges against the two 18-year-old students. No information was available Tuesday.

South Central Local Schools Superintendent David Brand couldn't be reached for comment about possible school-related punishment for the students.

Querin said authorities take the sales of drugs in schools very seriously.

"We're not going to turn our heads (away from) it," the detective said.

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