CHARLOTTE HARBOR, Fla.- The Charlotte County Sheriff's School Resource Officer at Charlotte Harbor Center arrested a 14-year-old boy for smoking marijuana on a school bus and passing it around to other students. He was charged with felony Possession of Marijuana and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
The incident occurred Feb. 7 when the driver of school bus #1105 advised the SRO that marijuana was being smoked in the back of the bus. The SRO and assistant school principal boarded the bus at the bus ramp entrance and could smell a very strong odor of burnt marijuana. A 16-year-old girl, with the boy who was arrested, burned a hole in her front pocket where she placed the lit marijuana cigarette to hide it. Witnesses said the boy lit the joint, took several inhales, blew smoke out the window, and then handed it across the isle to the 16-year-old girl who also inhaled.
The 16-year-old was arrested Feb. 7 for Possession of Marijuana and then released to a guardian. The boy was arrested Tuesday once the investigation was completed. He was booked into the Charlotte County Jail then transferred to the Juvenile Justice Center in Ft. Myers.
Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).