Updated as of 9:26pm Monday
NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - On Friday, five teens, all ages 15 and 16, were arrested at West Essex High School after they were found to be in possession of drugs at the school.
"We are still sorting out some of the details, but through our preliminary investigation we have determined that there was a transfer of drugs between students in the cafeteria and also in one of the male bathrooms inside of the school," North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer commented. "We did recover a significant amount of marijuana and its paraphernalia and have entered it into evidence."
On Monday, police followed up by filing the following charges against the students:
- Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance
- Distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substance on School Property
- Possession of Drug Paraphalia
- Failure to Make Proper Disposition of Controlled Dangerous Substance
According to the chief, the students were arrested on Friday and all five of them were brought to headquarters and then processed and released to a parent or guardian. Because they are juveniles, they will most likely be charged on juvenile petitions and the case will be sent to juvenile family court in Newark.