|Re: Undercover Drug Operation at OHS|
|Wednesday, 06 October 2010 15:06|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Reference: Undercover Drug Operation at OHS
Sheriff Paul May announced, that at the request of the Okeechobee County School System, an undercover drug operation at Okeechobee High School has been in progress since August, 2010. Undercover agents from around the state posed as drug customers and purchased unlawful drugs, from multiple students on campus. This has resulted in the arrest of fifteen (15) students. Several juveniles were arrested for misdemeanor charges and these arrests are not public record.
Okeechobee School Superintendant, Dr. Patricia Cooper, acting on reports of “rampant” drug sales at the Okeechobee High School, sought the assistance of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office for a solution. Sheriff Paul C. May contacted officers from other law enforcement agencies to act as undercover agents to purchase drugs from students. These drugs ranged from marijuana and prescription pills to cocaine and amphetamines. Today the Okeechobee Sheriff’s Office is wrapping up the first stage of the operation by arresting the students that they purchased drugs from.
The following students were arrested and charged accordingly:
List does not contain multiple misdemeanor drug arrests as well as more felony arrests to follow.
Further comments from Sheriff Paul C. May will be made at the press conference.
Dr. Cooper stated of the arrests,
“Today, as the result of a cooperative effort between Okeechobee County Schools and Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, a number of our Okeechobee High School students were arrested on drug-related charges. First, foremost and most importantly, there is no room for drugs on our school campuses or at any school-related events. Unfortunately, we realize that the schools simply reflect the problems that are occurring in our society, but we will not tolerate the sale, use or possession of drugs within our school system.
We are most appreciative of our Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement as they assisted us by allowing undercover officers on our high school campus. Again, our schools are no place for drugs, and we will do everything in our power to make sure our schools are drug free. Parents, family members and community, we implore you to talk to your children about the dangers of drugs.
For any further information, please contact:
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863) 763-7157 fax