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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-103

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 13, 2019
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    Student Arrested For Possession Of Controlled Substance

    He was suspected of supplying liquid THC to two other students.
    • Tuesday
    • March 12, 2019
    • Time: 8:45 AM
    • Sickles High School
    • 7950 Gunn Highway
    • Tampa


    A fifteen-year-old, Sickles High School student was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after he was suspected of supplying liquid THC to two other students who became sick after consuming the illegal drug. The incident occurred on campus today around 8:45 a.m. After inhaling the substance through a vape device, the two female students began suffering from severe side effects that made them both lethargic and then aggressive.

    One student was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital North after she was administered a dose of Narcan by emergency medical services for fear that the substance she inhaled may have been laced with Fentanyl. She has since been released from the hospital. The second student was released to her mother after refusing to go to the hospital. It is unclear what, if anything else, was in the oil based THC and it has been sent to a laboratory for testing.

    "This case should be a warning to anyone who experiments with vaping THC. Many people mistakingly believe it is a safer alternative to smoking marijuana and that is anything but the truth," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "You just do not know what it could be mixed with and could end up with some severe health consequences that could be fatal. This time we were very fortunate that the outcome was not as severe as it could have been."

    The suspect was charged with felony Possession of a controlled substance (Cannabis Sativa Resin).
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