Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that on 3-30-17 a 14 year old student brought candy that contained marijuana to West Iredell Middle School. The student reportedly gave the marijuana candy to at least three other students before school officials discovered what had happened. School officials, notified the school resource officer, Sgt. D. Hicks, who began an investigation into which students had received the candy and how it showed up at the school.
After interviewing several students they were able to determine which student brought the candy. Sgt. Hicks then contacted the parents of each student involved. Sgt. Hicks also contacted Lt. C.L. Stone of the Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team and gave him the address of the student who brought the candy to school so that he could began an investigation into whether there was more of the marijuana candy at their residence.
Lt. Stone and Sgt. W.E. Line then responded to the residence at “138 Jordan Crest Lane” in Stony Point where they were able to meet with the child’s mother, Samantha Braaksma, 36, and her boyfriend, Joshua White, 31. After speaking with them Deputies located numerous bags of marijuana and marijuana candy in the bedroom and bathroom of Braaksma and White. The total weight of the marijuana and marijuana candy was 882.5 grams (1.94 pounds). The deputy’s also seized an additional 14 grams of marijuana out of Braaksma’s 16 year old son, Ethan Aldridge’s room. Braaksma and White were arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and or Deliver Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance, and 2 counts each for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. White received a $30,000 secured bond and Braaksma received a $20,000 secured bond.
White is currently out on bond for Felony Possession of Marijuana. Juvenile services will be contacted in regards to charges on the juvenile. Ethan Aldridge is charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
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