Several current and former Cleveland High School students arrested on drug charges

Several current and former Cleveland High School students have been arrested on drug charges

February 23, 2012 3:31:51 PM PST
Police made several arrests Thursday at a local high school where over a dozen teenagers recently got sick after taking prescription drugs.

The Cleveland Independent School District has not said how many students were taken into custody, but did say 28 charges have been filed against current and former students. The charges including delivery of a controlled substance and drug possession and involve the distribution of marijuana, Soma, Oxycodone and Lorazepram.

According to Cleveland ISD, officers conducted an investigation after allegations were made of multiple drug offenses occurring on school property.

Cleveland ISD Superintendent Kerry Cowart said, "When the Cleveland ISD Police Department and I recognized a narcotics problem in our school district, action was taken to cease the sell and delivery of illegal drugs in our school district. I could not stand idly by and let the drug epidemic take over Cleveland ISD, I knew something had to be done."

Sixteen high school students got sick last month after taking the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepram. There was also a similar incident at Cleveland Middle School earlier this month.

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