MONTICELLO, NY — On Tuesday, March 15 at 1:57 p.m., members of the Village of Monticello Police responded to the nurse’s office at the Monticello High School Campus, after receiving a 911 …
MONTICELLO, NY — On Tuesday, March 15 at 1:57 p.m., members of the Village of Monticello Police responded to the nurse’s office at the Monticello High School Campus, after receiving a 911 report of a female student who had possibly overdosed on an unknown substance. The student was reportedly having difficulty breathing and exhibiting signs of an altered mental status. Upon the arrival of the school resource officer, it was learned that two additional female students were exhibiting similar symptoms. All three students were transported to Garnet Catskill Health Center in Harris by Mobile Medic EMS for medical evaluations.
An investigation by Monticello police was immediately started in full cooperation with the Monticello Central School District Administration. As a result of that investigation three male juvenile students have been charged with the following;
A 16-year-old male was charged with two counts of felony criminal sale of a controlled substance 4th degree and misdemeanors for six counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd degree.
A 14-year-old male was charged with 1 count of felony criminal sale of a controlled substance and misdemeanors two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree.
A 16-year-old male was charged with one count of felony criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 4th degree and one count each of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree.
The investigation showed that illegal sales of cannabis edibles (cookies) had taken place at the high school campus and the three female students had been adversely affected after ingesting the edibles. A review of the school’s video surveillance cameras showed the illegal sales of the edibles taking place. The three students who have been charged were issued appearance tickets to appear in the Sullivan County Family Court.
The filing of an accusatory instrument is merely an accusation and every person arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. The Sullivan County District Attorney's Office also provided assistance in the investigation.
Author: Lt. Mark Johnstone, Village of Monticello Police Department
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