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4 in court on drug charges


Charlton Middle School students summonsed


March 16, 2010
CHARLTON — Four Charlton Middle School students have each been charged with a count of possession of a class E substance, according to police.

According to a police log entry, four youths between the ages of 13-15 were charged, which Dudley Charlton Regional School District Superintendent Sean Gilrein identified as students at the middle school. The students were scheduled for a hearing before a clerk magistrate at Dudley District Court, according to Officer Keith Cloutier, who investigated the incident. A police source said the charges were officially filed Monday, March 15.

Gilrein said the group had been suspended for a period of time from school after he had received reports of the issue Wednesday, March 15, from Principal Dean Packard.

'The administration has issued appropriate discipline," Gilrein said.

Cloutier, citing the students' age, did not release details about the case and would not say whether any or all of the them had ingested any illegal drugs.

"They had a substance. They were concerned, we thought, or believe, maybe a prescription medication … that some students had," Cloutier said.

According to state law, class E substances include caffeine pills, cough medication, an anti-smoking drug, codeine and opium.

The students, Cloutier said, could receive probation, have their case dismissed, or have it continued without a finding.

According to state law, "any person" convicted of possession faces up to one and a half years in jail and a fine of between $500 and $5,000.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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