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.

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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