On Dec. 3, the School Resource Officer at Jamestown High School was alerted by school administrators about a student being in possession of prescription medications that were not prescribed to her.
Late in the afternoon on Dec. 2, an administrator at JHS received an anonymous tip that the 17-year-old senior was in possession of the medication and had posted a picture on her Snapchat indicating that she was selling the medication. The student’s belongings were searched when she arrived at school on Dec. 3, and she was found to be in possession of a prescription bottle believed to contain Xanax. A further search of the student’s vehicle would reveal a plastic container holding numerous additional pills and a small amount of marijuana. In total, over 500 pills including sedatives, narcotics, antidepressants and opioids were recovered.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the student obtained these pills from the home of her grandmother and deceased grandfather.
The pills have been sent to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science for analysis.
This investigation remains active, and charges are pending.
Police are grateful for the tip that was reported to the school. Taking these types of medications without a prescription could have dangerous implications. This is a good example of why we encourage folks that see something, to say something.
If you have expired, unused or unwanted prescription medication in your home medicine cabinet, you may use the DEA search tool to locate a public disposal location near you. There are multiple locations in James City County and the City of Williamsburg.
Stephanie Williams, Police Spokesperson