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Teens charged with selling drugs sent home

March 17, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Teens charged with selling drugs sent home

Two Williamsport teenagers, charged last Friday in two separate drug-selling incidents, appeared before Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell Monday and were released to their families.

Neither of the boys, ages 14 and 15, had ever come to the attention of the Department of Juvenile Services for any offenses, according to Matt Riley, a Department of Juvenile Services caseworker.

The older boy was identified as having sold $45 worth of marijuana to a confidential informant on March 2.

Except for curfew violations, the boy's mother said he hasn't been a problem at home.

"He knows he's in a heap of trouble now," Riley said, noting the youth spent the weekend in the Juvenile Holdover Facility on Jonathan Street.

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The 15-year-old was placed on community detention, told to attend school regularly and undergo drug/alcohol assessment.

"You are under house arrest until your hearing," McDowell said, meaning he must be home unless he's at school or with his parents.

The 14-year-old allegedly sold $20 worth of marijuana to another confidential informant in February from his home, according to Riley.

That boy's mother said in court that except for not always listening to her at home, he was not a problem. She insisted she had no idea he was selling drugs from their home.

"I really want to go home," the boy told McDowell. "I miss my family."

He, too, spent the weekend in detention and on Monday was placed on house arrest pending his hearing.

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