Local authorities in the New Mexico town of Roswell say they have caught two third-grade students smoking marijuana amid worries of further drug abuse by small children in the nation.
The students were caught after school hours by the principal at Berrendo Elementary School, reports indicate.
When a responding sheriff’s deputy asked one of the boys how many times he had smoked pot, the boy replied he has “hit it hard a lot.”
Chaves County Sheriff’s Lt. Britt Snyder told the Roswell Daily Record deputies have responded to calls about drugs in elementary schools before.
But Snyder says the January 10 incident marked the first time he has ever heard of third-graders using drugs.
According to police reports, Principal Kathleen Gallaway does not want to press charges and will punish the children “administratively through the school.”
The sheriff’s office contacted the Children, Youth and Families Department and determined the case to be closed. KOB
FACTS & FIGURES
The illegal drug market in the United States is one of the most profitable in the world. As such, it attracts the most ruthless, sophisticated, and aggressive drug traffickers.
The U.S./Mexico border is the primary point of entry for cocaine shipments being smuggled into the United States. According to a recent interagency intelligence assessment, approximately 65 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States crosses the Southwest border. Cocaine is readily available in nearly all major cities in the United States.
The role of Mexico-based trafficking organizations is continuing to evolve. Recent reports suggest that some major international criminals in Colombia are further distancing themselves from day-to-day wholesale-level cocaine distribution in the United States by turning this task over, at least occasionally, to the organizations operating from Mexico.
The proportion of people admitted to treatment for drug abuse who are aged 50 or over nearly doubled between 1992 and 2008, a new U.S. government study in 2010 says.
For cocaine abuse, people admitted nearly quadrupled from 2.9 percent to 11.4 percent. More than a quarter of these had begun use of the drug within the last five years.
The Federal government spends almost $20 billion a year on the “war on drugs.” When taking into account the amount of money State governments spend on fighting drugs, the figure stands at almost $48 billion.
In 2010 alone, American Law Enforcement authorities made over 1.6 million arrests over drug law offenses and drug abuse.
According to CIA the United States is the world’s largest consumer of cocaine, Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana.
The U.S. is a major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine