August 14, 2020
By: Staff Report
LAKELAND, Fla. – Three teenage boys who were supposed to be doing virtual school at home while their parents were away at work were instead taking part in an illegal drug transaction.
Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office learned of their operation and arrested two of the three boys on Thursday, August 13, 2020.
The PCSO’s Narcotics Unit received information that THC cartridges (used in vape pens) and marijuana were being solicited via the app to Polk County students.
Undercover detectives began communicating with the operator of the Snapchat account, and were eventually able to identify him as 17-year-old boy from Lakeland, and a transaction was arranged.
On Thursday, detectives waited at a gas station where the meet-up was to take place. The suspect and two other boys arrived on bicycles.
The suspect entered the detective’s vehicle, and soon called over to the other boys to come over.
One of the other boys (another 17-year-old boy), then entered the back seat of the vehicle, while the third boy, a 14-year-old, remained outside.
The boy in the back seat sold the undercover detective 56.8 grams of high-grade marijuana for $400. At that point, the two 17-year-old boys were arrested. The 14-year-old boy was not charged and turned over to his parents.
“Here is what happens when the parents are away at work and the kids are left home alone to attend virtual school. Without the proper supervision, many of them are going to get into trouble. This particular scheme could have gotten them robbed, hurt, or even killed. This is another example of the potential dangers of social media for children and teens, and the serious danger and trouble that kids can get into on social media platforms when they are not supervised.” – Grady Judd, Sheriff
The two 17-year-olds were both taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Bartow and charged with: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell (F3), Possession of Marijuana-Over 20 Grams (F3), Selling Marijuana (F3), Use of 2-Way Communication Device to Sell Marijuana (F3), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
As a reminder, parents should always monitor their children online. Click here for more information: http://www.polksheriff.org/internet-safety
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