Teen charged after drugs found on middle school bus

Teen charged after drugs found on middle school bus
Phoenix Brown (source: Colleton County Sheriff's Office)

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A teen has been arrested a charged after a bus driver reported smelling drugs in his or her bus while taking students to school.

Colleton County Sheriff's Office SRO's were notified in reference to a school bus driver smelling the possible odor of marijuana on the bus.

When the bus arrived at Colleton County Middle School, school representatives and SRO's were waiting, according to a press release. The students were removed from the bus with instructions to leave their belongings in their seats while authorities searched the bus.

As a result of the search, authorities found more than half a pound of suspected marijuana.

According to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, if the suspected marijuana was broken down and sold as gram bags, it would have a street value of $3,900.

Two juvenile suspects were taken to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office Annex where they were interviewed and later released to their parents pending prosecution in a juvenile court of law.

Phoenix Brown, 18, was reportedly ordered to stop talking on her phone after interfering with the investigation. According to the sheriff's office, Brown became uncooperative and refused to comply with authorities.

After ignoring several commands, Brown was taken into custody for disturbing a school.

After searching Brown, authorities found a taser and a can of Black Hawk OC spray insider Brown's clothing.

Brown was charged with disturbing a school and possession of a weapon on school grounds. Her bond has been set at $1,000 for disturbing a school and $5,000 for carrying a weapon on school property.

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