Sheriff: Teen brought drugs, tear gas to Chapin High

Published: Jan. 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2014 at 8:06 PM EST
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Lexington County deputies are still investigating as to why a 17-year-old brought drugs and a canister of tear gas to Chapin High School Thursday.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the teen, identified as Coleman Douglas Newman, was stopped at the school by a sheriff's deputy who doubles as a school resource officer.

Metts said the deputy saw Newman buy a drink in the cafeteria and exit the building through a side door. Moments later as Newman lit a cigarette, Metts said the deputy stopped him to perform a search.

While searching Newman, Metts said the deputy found 45 Klonopin pills, a half-ounce of marijuana, a scale, a pack of cigarettes, cigarette papers, $350 in cash, and one canister of Sabre tear gas.

Investigators determined the teen was not a student at the school, but had signed a visitor's sign-in sheet.

Newman has since been charged with unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it near a school, possessing marijuana and carrying a weapon on school grounds. He is currently being held at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

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