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Police: Student cited for trafficking after bringing marijuana brownies to Butler County school

A School Resource Officer at Talawanda High School was notified by an assistant principal about a student in possession of what was believed to be baked good containing illegal drugs March 27.

The student had been called to the office after a tip about suspected hashish in baked goods. The officer was handed a cup containing two plastic bags containing what appeared to be brownies and cookies in a cupcake liner. The officer’s statement indicated both baked goods emitted a strong odor of marijuana.

The items were found in the juvenile’s backpack, after which the student said he purchased them from another student, Josh Shrader, 18. He also said another juvenile student had purchased similar items from Shrader and denied having eaten any of the baked goods himself.

The first juvenile’s mother was called to the school and the student confirmed he had purchased the items during fifth period in the boys’ locker room. He said Shrader had provided the items with the understanding he would be paid $20 by the end of the week.

The combined weight was approximately 87 grams.

The second juvenile was brought to the office and searched but found to not be in possession of any illegal substances. He reportedly confirmed he had purchased a similar item from Shrader but had already consumed it.

His mother also was called and he said he had purchased an item with the understanding he would pay $10 later in the week.

Shrader was brought to the office and given his Miranda warning. He reportedly told the officer he had brought three baked goods to school he knew to contain marijuana but declined to reveal where he had obtained them and said he had not made them.

Shrader denied having any other illegal drugs or products containing drugs with him and also denied providing illegal substances to other students at any time during the school year.

The officer confiscated the cellphones of Shrader and the first juvenile and found Shrader in possession of $34 in $1 and $5 bills, which was taken as evidence.

The first juvenile was cited for possession of controlled substances, a third-degree felony due to the weight of the baked goods. The second juvenile was released with no charges.

Shrader was cited for trafficking, a second-degree felony, due to the weight and the occurrence at a school.

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