A high school sophomore in Pennsylvania was taken into custody after authorities found more than 80 packets of heroin and more than $700 in his backpack on the school premises, police say. The police superintendent reported that they typically see juvenile crimes involving pills or pot and added that he hadn't seen heroin at the high school before.
The school superintendent for the district expressed his disappointment at the incident, which hit him close to home. In Sept. 2009, his 19-year-old son died of a prescription drug overdose. He added that everyone in the community needs to fight the drug epidemic.
A bike officer approached the student, who was sitting on bench and smoking. The teen dropped his backpack, and the officer says he saw drugs and a significant amount of cash. It's unclear if the money fell out of the bag or if the officer could see it inside the backpack. The 10th grader fled the scene as the officer pursued him through neighborhood backyards. He avoided capture briefly, but authorities eventually found him trying to enter a home in the area. He was taken into custody after a struggle and was then shocked with a stun gun.
During the chase, the officer tried to jump over a fence and broke his ankle in the process. He was treated at a medical facility and will most likely need surgery. The teen was transported to the juvenile detention facility. He faces charges for drugs and resisting arrest. The charges will be enhanced because the incident happened at a school. Authorities are reviewing security footage to see if the student was selling drugs while on campus and continue to investigate the incident.
When a juvenile faces accusations of criminal activity, they might benefit from legal representation. A criminal defense attorney might be able to request a mitigated sentence for clients.
Source: Delaware County News Network, "Upper Darby High sophomore faces heroin charges", Tim Logue, September 19, 2013