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Three students taken into custody on drug charges

Two 17-year-old students, along with a juvenile, were taken into custody on drug charges by local authorities at Thomson High School last Friday morning.

Thomson Police Department Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle identified the 17-year-old suspects as Michael Aaron Street, of Wildwood Drive, Harlem and Ronnie Curtis Radford, of County Line Road, Harlem. Both suspects actually live in McDuffie County and are students at the school, Lt. Whittle said.

Mr. Street was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, Lt. Whittle said. He also was charged with two counts of possession of drug related objects. The first charge is a felony, while the other two charges are misdemeanors.

He remained jailed on Tuesday in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center, awaiting bail in the amount of $27,100, Lt. Whittle said.

Mr. Radford, meanwhile, was charged with possession of a non-controlled substance representing it as a controlled substance, Lt. Whittle added. Since being arrested, Mr. Radford has been released from the county jail under a $5,000 property bond.

A 16-year-old male juvenile also was charged with possession of marijuana, Lt. Whittle said.

The case unfolded last Friday after Thomson High School Security Officer Lorenzo Heggs received information related to drug activities on school campus, Lt. Whittle said. A subsequent call was made to the Thomson Police Department for assistance, which resulted in charges being filed against all three suspects.

The juvenile, who was not identified because of his age, has been released into the custody of his parents.

Web posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008

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