By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
SHANNON – Students at Shannon High School did more than just say no when a suspected drug dealer strolled onto their campus this week.
When a group of students reported the suspicious activity Thursday to their school resource officers, it resulted in a felony drug arrest.
Lee County sheriff’s deputies charged Bradley W. South, 20, of 1067 Elvis Presley Drive with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute. His bond was set at $300,000 on Friday. As of Friday, South was in the Lee County jail.
Lee County Superintendent of Schools Mike Scott said the suspect reportedly drove on to the campus and asked students if they wanted to buy drugs.
“I appreciate that our students are concerned about those things and trust our school officials enough to handle it,” said Scott. “That is the type of culture we want.”
Scott said the suspect hadn’t been seen on campus before Thursday.
Sheriff Jim Johnson said the actions of the students and school officials showed how to handle drug problems.
“Prescription drug abuse is highest among school-age kids,” said Johnson. “This individual was trying to capitalize on that. The kids learn through parents, the schools and our D.A.R.E. program to just say no to drugs but today they took that a step further and an arrest was made.”
Because the alleged crime happened within 1,500 feet of a school, the penalty can be enhanced if South is convicted. This means that the maximum sentence and fine can be doubled.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.