Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden and Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts said the arrests of two area teens this week highlights the need to keep kids in school by whatever means necessary.
Deputies arrested Brandon Michael Marsh, 17, and Devin Thomas Giles, 17, both of Cleveland on drug charges after following up on a tip that narcotics were sold from Giles’ residence in the 25600 block of Spruce Lane.
Pct. 4 Deputy Chapa received consent to enter the residence where he discovered a gallon-size plastic bag and multiple smaller plastic bags containing marijuana. He also found two kinds of pipes commonly used to smoke marijuana.
Giles admitted ownership of the greater amount of marijuana and Marsh admitted ownership of the rest. Both were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
Constable Hayden said the suspects’ ages made the arrests especially disturbing.
“A pair of 17-year-olds should’ve been at home getting ready for school the next day, not in the backseat of a patrol car going to jail,” Constable Hayden said. “If they don’t change their ways, they’re headed down a bad road.”
Judge Metts called the arrests “a prime example” of why he and the Constable are fighting so hard to keep kids in school.
“When they’re not in school, in many cases they are involved in criminal activity,” Judge Metts said.
He recognized one of the teen’s names as a repeat truancy offender and the other had also been in court for various school related violations.
“Unfortunately, many of those in prison had their first experience with the court system as juveniles who refused to attend school,” Judge Metts said. “I applaud Constable Hayden and his team for their efforts to combat the drug problem in our area and for the help they provide this court with fail to attend cases.”