Hayward Student Charged for Selling Narcotics at School
A Hayward High School student, Kaleb Richards, 17, has been charged Sawyer County Circuit Court with felony possession with intent to delivery of narcotics. Richards allegedly sold his prescribed Oxycodone pills to other students on December 1, 2017, according to the criminal complaint.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 1, another student approached the school resource officer and said he believed Richards was selling his pills that were prescribed to him because he recently had surgery on his knee. The student wished to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation from Richards and his friends, the complaint stated.
The officer reported that Richards said he had not given any prescription pills to other students or adults. The officer told Richards that he had information that he had sold a white pill, round in shape, to another student. The officer reported Richards still denied it but his breathing becomes shallow and his hands started to shake. He also said his voice became quiet and cracked when answering questions.
The complaint further stated that during the questioning, Richards remarked that he told his grandmother his name would get brought up for selling his pills. The officer asked him what he meant by that. Richards said he knew kids would say he was selling them because of his past and who he hangs out with.
The officer asked Richards if he sold drugs in the past. Richards said no. The officer said he was confused why people would say he was selling his prescriptions because of his past. Richards stated, “kids like to talk shit I guess.”
The complaint further stated that Richards said he didn’t have any prescription pills on himself, but when the officer searched his backpack the officer found a pill bottle that didn’t have a label on it. The officer opened the bottle and found pills individually packaged in small plastic bags approximately two inches by one inch, with a zip lock seal. The officer noticed two of the bags had two pills inside, six bags had one pill. One bag had half a pill, according to the complaint.
The number on the pills stated that it is a A349 (Acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrocholoride 325 mg / 5 mg). According to the Controlled Substance Act it is a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance. When asked why he packaged his pills that way, Richards told the officer it was cool to package them that way. Richards still denied selling any of his pills, according to the complaint.
At the time, the officer told Richards that his actions would have adult consequences. The officer told Richards and his grandmother that Richards should be going to jail but because of his recent obvious knee surgery, he would further the report to the district attorney for charges.
Richards faces a fine up to $50,000 and/or 15 years in prison on the charges. He has his initial appearance on January 16, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in Sawyer County Circuit Court.