Jackson teen charged for drugs near school

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

A 17-year-old Jackson High School student was charged Tuesday morning with the Class B felony of delivery of a controlled substance.

Tiffany L. Parmer, a student at Jackson High School, allegedly sold two Adderall pills for a dollar each to a 15-year-old female Jackson High School student before school started March 16. Jackson police say the transaction took place between 7:30 and 8 a.m. in a vehicle parked on South High Street near the Jackson Frozen Food Lockers.

Because the alleged transaction occurred within 2,000 feet of the school, Parmer was charged with a felony.

Adderall is a suppressant in young people but acts as a stimulant in adults, Jackson police officer Rick Whitaker said. It is used to treat attention deficit disorder in children.

Whitaker said some other students heard about the sale and notified school officials, who called him. After Parmer heard the transaction had been reported and that the authorities were called, she fled the campus, police said.

Parmer remains in the Cape Girardeau County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. When charged Tuesday, Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said, she already was in jail charged with a misdemeanor assault that allegedly happened Sunday.

If convicted on the drug charge, Parmer faces a prison term between five and 15 years.

"People need to understand if they're selling drugs, even a small amount, there is a large punishment," Swingle said.

The 15-year-old was not referred to the Juvenile Office, Whitaker said.

According to the probable cause statement, Parmer was jailed because police believed her to be a flight risk. She is not from the area, and was living in foster care. Jackson police said they did not know where Parmer is originally from or her grade in school since neither is pertinent to their case.

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