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Teen gets probation

March 16, 2006

A 17-year-old St. Maria Goretti High School student was ordered to serve indefinite supervised probation Wednesday after he admitted in Washington County juvenile court to marijuana possession.

Hagerstown Police Department officers noticed the 17-year-old and another teenager sitting in a car in the area of Pangborn Boulevard at about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2005, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

"They saw a large amount of smoke in the vehicle," Kessell said.

When the 17-year-old rolled down the window, officers smelled burning marijuana and proceeded to search the teen and his vehicle, Kessell said.

Police found more than $150 in the teen's pocket and a plastic bag containing 1 ounce of suspected marijuana wedged near the trunk, Kessell said.

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A 30-pack of Keystone beer was found in the trunk, along with a beer bong, digital scales, paraphernalia and a canister used to separate marijuana, Kessell said.

Police believed the teen "may have been the go-to man for marijuana at Goretti," Kessell said.

The teen's mother said she "missed the signs" that her son was using drugs, and said, "He's never been a problem in the past. He's an exemplary student."

She said he is enrolled in a drug abuse treatment program.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the teen to attend a day of court when the Washington County Narcotics Task Force cases make up the docket.

He also ordered the teen to abstain from using drugs and alcohol, submit to random testing and be home by 10 p.m. during the week and 11 p.m. on the weekends.

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