discovery of small amounts of marijuana at a Las Cruces middle school forced a
temporary shelter-in-place Friday morning and resulted in charges against
incident started about 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Sierra Middle School. Las
Cruces police learned that a 13-year-old student allegedly stole marijuana from
her grandmother who possesses a medical cannabis card. Police determined the
girl took the stolen marijuana to Sierra Middle School where she distributed
approximate 5-gram bagged portions to at least three other students.
and school administrators identified three students, two 13-year-olds and one
14, who were in possession of small portions of marijuana obtained from their
classmate. The three students, all girls, were each found to be in possession
of one approximate 5-gram bag of marijuana.
school was placed on a temporary shelter-in-place during the investigation.
13-year-old student who distributed cannabis was charged with three
fourth-degree felony counts of distribution of marijuana. The three students
she distributed to were each charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of
day before, on Thursday, a 13-year-old boy at Sierra Middle School was found to
be in possession of one 5-gram bag of marijuana. Police now believe he may have
received the cannabis from the same source. The 13-year-old boy was also
charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
of their ages, Las Cruces police will not publicly identify the students.