NEW MILFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – A New Milford High School student allegedly served brownies laced with a drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to his classmates and a teacher.
An 18-year-old high-school senior was arrested Wednesday for serving drug-laced brownies last December, causing a school staff member and two classmates to get sick from ingesting them. The student is being classified as a youthful offender due to him being 17 at the time of the incident.
In January of this year, a high-school teacher expressed concern to New Milford Police over brownies that were made and distributed by a student in December 2010. The teacher’s cause for concern was justified after two students who had the brownies went to the school nurse’s office that day.
New Milford Police Lt. Lawrence Ash told CBS Connecticut that after preserving the baking pans the brownies were made in and having the contents analyzed, the investigation determined that the brownies contained quetiapine, the drug often used for schizophrenics and those suffering from bipolar disorder. Police were able to establish probable cause and bring about an arrest warrant against the student.
The arrest wrapped up what turned out to be a yearlong investigation, and it wasn’t by design.
“The lab results were misplaced,” Ash said. “It has nothing to do with the lab. They did their thing in an appropriate amount of time. The results were misplaced.”
The 18-year-old has been charged with one count of reckless endangerment and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. The maximum punishment for each count represents more than a year in jail. The court can also move to try him as an adult, but that remains uncertain to this point, Ash said.
The teen’s bond was set for $10,000. Ash said he was unaware of whether the suspect was still in custody.