October 17, 2013

Coral Shores students learn lessons from law enforcement operations

BB Gun seized from car at Coral Shores High School

Two law enforcement operations aimed at keeping schools safe and drug free taught hard lessons to a few students at Coral Shores High School in the past week.  On Friday, deputies worked a special detail before, during and after the football game at CSHS. A total of nine juvenile civil citations were issued. Two juveniles were arrested, then issued notices to appear in court and released.

During the game, one student was issued a citation for possessing alcohol and tobacco. Another one received a citation for criminal mischief. After the game, deputies responded to reports of a street party taking place on Pippin Drive at the 87.3 mm. Seven students under 18 received civil citations for alcohol possession and one 18 year old was issued a notice to appear in court. Parents of all those involved were notified and responded to pick up their kids.

The special detail on Friday was funded by a grant from the Department of Children and Families. The Prevention Partnership Grant, called “Keys for Success”, funds youth party patrols and other efforts which target underage drinking and drug activity at Marathon and Coral Shores High Schools.

Today, detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit conducted a K-9 search at CSHS. A 17 year old girl was arrested after the dog found drugs in her vehicle. She had Vivane pills which she did not have a prescription for. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance. A weapon was also found in a second car parked at the school. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun, but looked almost exactly like a Glock pistol. A BB gun is technically a “weapon” under state law. The state attorney’s office will be reviewing the case to see if the vehicle’s owner will be charged with a crime.

“This gun was very real looking,” said Special Investigations Sgt. Al Ramirez. “The orange tip was removed. If a kid had pulled this weapon out and pointed it at a law enforcement officer this could have ended very badly. This is a very serious issue and parents should be paying close attention to what their kids are carrying around,” he said.  

 “Students and parents should be on notice that we will be on hand working these grant-funded details at games and dances throughout the school year. We will also occasionally be out patrolling for weekend juvenile parties,” said School Resource Sgt. Glenn Test. “This is about keeping kids safe and sober. We don’t want any of the kids in our community to endanger themselves or others with reckless, dangerous and illegal behavior.”

Parents should also remember that providing alcohol to minors – even in your own home – is against the law.

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