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2 high school students in Florida arrested on drug charges

Five high school students in Florida were recently taken to the hospital after consuming gummy worms that had been laced with what police believed was marijuana. Two teens have been arrested in connection with this incident. They now face drug charges.

Police reported that one student took the laced candy to school and gave the gummy worms to two other students. These two other students then allegedly distributed the candy to four additional students. Several of the students who had eaten the gummy worms ended up going to the clinic at the school with complaints about feeling ill.

According to the school, five students ate candy that smelled like marijuana and was very oily in a manner that resembled marijuana oil. The five students ended up going to the hospital, with four being taken via ambulance. The students were said to have eaten the candy because they were told they would experience a high from consuming it. The two students who police said took the candy to school, ages 15 and 14, face second-degree felony charges for delivering drugs 1,000 feet or less from a school. Authorities said a third arrest was pending, while the other students involved would face consequences to be determined by the school.

When people in Florida face drug charges, they may be given the opportunity, alongside their defense counsel, to negotiate plea agreements with the prosecution. Plea bargains might lead to a lighter charge or sentence than what would typically result from a guilty finding at trial. The defendants retain the right to go to trial to fight the charges.

Source: Gulfport, FL, Patch, "2 Teens Charged In Laced Gummy Case at Boca Ciega High", Sherri Lonon, April 12, 2016

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