The Chandler High School lacrosse player who recently was arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana and cocaine to undercover police officers was indicted as an adult Feb. 27 on six felony drug counts, according to court files obtained Thursday by the Tribune.
The boy’s name has been withheld because the Tribune does not usually name juveniles accused in crimes.
Charges have not been filed against four other students suspected of selling drugs. Officials with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Superior Court declined to comment on the status of their cases.
Court records state the 17-year-old set up many of the drug deals with police, and was indicted on five counts of selling drugs and one count of possession.
Chandler Unified School District officials could not be reached for comment on Thursday, but governing board member Annette Auxier said she is confident the schools are handling the ordeal “correctly,” and she is happy the district has a policy of randomly drug testing high school students involved in school-sponsored and Arizona Interscholastic Association activities.
“I guess there’s an inclination to think that everything needs to be handled the same everywhere,” Auxier said, “but that’s just not the case, and I hope the public would see the need of it being handled on a case-by-case basis.”
Two former baseball players, one from Chandler High School and one from Basha High School, have been dismissed from their teams.
School officials decided to suspend one baseball player at Hamilton High School whose name came up during the investigation and was found on campus with marijuana in his backpack. He can rejoin the team on March 20.
“We’ve got such outstanding coaches and athletic programs that it’s unfortunate that these kids chose to do something dumb,” Auxier said.
According to police reports, authorities began their investigation after receiving a tip that the lacrosse player was possibly selling drugs. Police called the boy and asked to buy drugs, and he arranged a deal through a friend.
The player made one deal Jan. 17 near Knox Elementary School and Apache Park, where he was practicing lacrosse, the report says. The detective bought $40 worth of marijuana from the boy, who said, “Try it, it’s good stuff.”
Two days later, the boy set up a cocaine deal through a friend for an undercover detective, police said.
“Hopefully, we got the culprits and we’ll move on,” Auxier said, “but we’re not dumb. With high schools, you always have to be diligent and on the watch for problems like this.”