High school student arrested for distributing snacks containing THC after classmate ends up in hospital

BATON ROUGE — Deputies have arrested a high school student after she was accused of selling drug-infused gummies to a classmate who later ended up in hospital.

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies were first notified of the crime after paramedics were called to Liberty High School for a reported overdose Monday morning. There they learned that a 16-year-old had been given THC-containing snacks by another student, identified as 18-year-old Cierra Rucker.

This student was taken to hospital after having a “bad reaction” and believing she was “about to die”, according to arrest documents.

When confronted by administrators, Rucker denied involvement, but the school’s vice principal discovered two bags of contraband gummies as well as a vape pen – later found to contain marijuana – on his person.

Investigators also found text messages between Rucker and the other student showing that she had agreed to bring the illicit snacks to school and give them to her classmates.

Rucker was incarcerated in East Baton Rouge Jail for contributing to juvenile delinquency and several drug charges.


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