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"We have no tolerance for drugs in our Hillsborough County schools, but it's especially upsetting when the drug dealer is a student," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
An 18-year-old student at Lennard High School in Ruskin was arrested on campus Friday morning for drug possession.
Around 9:30 a.m. on April 12
, a school resource deputy was alerted by administration that Abraham Ruelas was found to be in possession of a jar containing marijuana, 7 "Dank Vape" THC oil cartridges, an electronic scale, four electronic smoking devices and $1,519 in cash.
Ruelas admitted to selling the marijuana and other items at school and said he had been doing so off and on for a while. Ruelas was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute within 1,000 feet of a School, Possession of Marijuana Sativa Resin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to Orient Road Jail.
"We have no tolerance for drugs in our Hillsborough County schools, but it's especially upsetting when the drug dealer is a student," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "It's disheartening to see a young person who just turned 18 two months ago now facing some very adult charges for his bad decisions. Anytime a young person gets involved in drugs, whether they're using or selling, they're risking their future. It's just not worth it."