On April 26th, 2017 Deputy Ryan Quibell, the acting School Resource Officer at Chestnut Log Middle School, became involved in an investigation that resulted in a tip from an anonymous source that a student was in possession of a handgun. This tip was received late in the day just prior to the students being released for the day. A search by school officials revealed that a 14 year old male student did have in his possession a loaded 9mm handgun as well as an amount of marijuana packaged for sale as well as an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency. The juvenile was taken into custody at that time. Deputy Quibell continued the investigation the following day and learned that there were three other male juvenile students at the school that were involved with attempting to distribute the marijuana that was seized the day before. These four juveniles were also involved with distributing marijuana on at least one prior occasion to 4/26/2017. All four juveniles were arrested for numerous offenses including the possession of the handgun, possession of the handgun during a drug transaction, possessing the weapon on school grounds, use of a communications facility to further a drug crime, conspiracy to distribute marijuana on school grounds, and RICO. The names of the juveniles are being withheld because of their age.
Sheriff Tim Pounds encourages everyone to use our mobile app (available for Apple and Android) to report crimes both in the community and in the school system.