RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - A Rio Rancho High School student is recovering after reportedly smoking synthetic marijuana and collapsing at school while another student is accused of selling the drug on campus.
Paramedics were called to the RRHS courtyard Wednesday afternoon for a 16-year-old boy reportedly overdosing on synthetic marijuana known as spice, Rio Rancho police reported. The teen was conscious when paramedics arrived and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
"We had some students come forward and report that there was another student that had been selling the spice during lunch," Officer Janet Garcia, a spokesperson for the Rio Rancho Police Department, said Thursday. "It's pretty brave and blatant."
Police said they located that student, Eligius Montaño, 16, in a school bathroom.
"He did have drug paraphernalia and packets of spice on his person at the time," Garcia said.
According to a police report, Montaño is charged with distribution of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Now police are trying to track down where Montaño got the spice.
Rio Rancho Public Schools' spokesperson cited privacy laws in saying she couldn't comment on this specific incident.
"Situations that involve drugs are not OK," spokeswoman Kim Vesely said. "Students that engage in possession or distribution are subject to serious disciplinary consequences under the student code of conduct."
Vesely said the students could face suspension or a disciplinary hearing. She also said administrators in the district recently met with federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents about spice.
According to Vesely, Wednesday's call-out is the only reported incident in the school district this year involving spice.
Still police say spice is in Rio Rancho, and that parents need to be on alert.
"It sounds like he's going to be OK, but that doesn't mean it's not going to affect the next person completely differently," Garcia said.
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