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16-Year-Old Arrested For Nearly 50 Grams of Marijuana

On Tuesday April 5, 2011 a Gulfport Police Officer arrested a 16-year-old South Pasadena teen for having drugs and drug paraphernalia on school property.

A 16-year-old student at was arrested around 7 a.m. on Tuesday April 5th for having marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A Boca Ciega High School Campus Monitor approached the teen in his Jeep and smelled a "strong odor of marijuana". The campus monitor waived School Resource Officer Steven Beltran over. Beltran discovered approximately 47 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia. A female student was also in the Jeep and was arrested as well.

"This is the largest amount we've had at the high school in a long time. It's enough to fill a 1-quart freezer bag," Gulfport Police Sgt. Robert Burkhart.

Officials estimate the street value of the drugs to be around $300.

The 16-year-old is charged with felony possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The maximum penalty for the felony charge is 15 years in prison.

In addition to the drugs and drug paraphernalia, the teenager's Jeep was seized in accordance with the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act (Florida Statute 932.701-706).

He was taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center and has since been released.

Nicky April 07, 2011 at 02:02 AM
What, he got released? So that he get out and distribute more drugs on the campus? This is ridiculous. He should stay in the jail and be in some kind of counseling and treatment.
Cherlene Willis April 07, 2011 at 02:13 AM
Nicky, I asked if he was still in custody, and the response from authorities was "no". Thanks for your comments on the story.
Phil April 07, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Yes it is wrong for a teen to have or use drugs or to make a attempt to sell drugs and he should be punished. I don't think by sending him to jail is the answer however. I say let him serve community service and speak in front of his peers at different local high schools telling kids JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS and how wrong it is to use, sell or have any drugs. Sending this person to prison would just make him more hard core and may corrupt him even more. Humiliate him by making him speak in front of large crowds about being ANTI DRUG make him clean up the beaches and road sides filled with litter.Send him into Clam Bayou to do weekly clean ups until he becomes a adult. One more thing maybe try to find out where he got the marijuana as in the grower and have that person or persons arrested and put in jail. Now the parents, they should know more about their kid and perhaps talk to them about JUST SAY NO to all drugs. This is another reason to legalize marijuana and stop wasting tax payers dollars (BILLIONS) per year to fight marijuana. It's a herb and it can be used to help people with cancer, aids, glaucoma or any eating disorder. If it were legal to use and controlled by the government like alcohol there would be less problems with kids using, selling or having on their poisson.
Philip Penrose April 08, 2011 at 12:26 PM
As there are at least two people posting on The Patch named Phil, I just want to clarify the above Phil is not my post. That doesn't at all mean that I disagree with his post I just like to clarify who the author "isn't". Good post, Phil.
Jennifer S April 08, 2011 at 03:50 PM
I agree with both Phils to a certain degree. I think counseling and community service is a much more fitting punishment. 15 years in prison for $300 worth of marijuana is insane! A waste of a life and a waste of tax payer money. Cut the kid a deal and move on.
Jennifer S April 26, 2011 at 06:50 PM
Do you know what prosecutors have decided to do about this case?
mase March 14, 2012 at 03:55 AM
omg its weed no has ever over dosed on weed and it doesn't even kill brain cells when they did the test they did it on monkeys with a gas mask bong and tested on them for long periods of time
Jerry S December 30, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Now his parents can wait for the auction and buy his Jeep back

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