A teenager has been arrested after authorities say he was caught with illegal drugs and tear gas at Chapin High School.
The Lexington County Sheriff's Department says a deputy on duty as a school resource officer spotted 17-year-old Coleman Newman of Irmo buy a drink in the school cafeteria Thursday, then step outside and light a cigarette in the parking lot.
Newman is not a student there and had signed in as a visitor.
Using tobacco products on school grounds is a violation of school policy, so the deputy detained Newman.
The deputy says she detected a strong odor of marijuana, so the teen and his backpack were searched.
The officer says marijuana was found as well as papers used to make marijuana cigarettes; a scale; 45 pills – $4,000 worth – of Klonopin, a drug that can be prescribed to prevent and control seizures; $350 in cash; cigarettes and a canister of Sabre tear gas.
An investigation continues into why Newman was at Chapin High and why he brought the drugs and other items to the school.