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Hamilton student arrested on drug charges By TIMOTHY MITCHELL Staff Reporter
Police officers arrested a teenager Thursday on felony drug charges after he allegedly sold hallucinogenic mushrooms to a Hamilton High school student who overdosed.
The student recovered with no ill effects.
Seth Smith, 16, of Hamilton will be detained until he can make his initial appearance in District Court in a two weeks. In court he will be charged as an adult for criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, both felonies, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, minor in possession of alcohol and minor in possession of tobacco.
In a detention hearing Friday Michael Montgomery requested a form of house arrest and electronic monitoring. He described Smith as a varsity basketball player who carries a 3.0 grade point average.
Deputy County Attorney Karen Mahar was opposed. She pointed to allegations the youth was home by himself and had been for several days at the time of the incident.
Hamilton police detectives said the mushrooms were psilocybin, a schedule one drug.
Schedule one refers to a type of drug that has a high potential for abuse and no acceptable medical or treatment use.
The incident that first attracted the interest of law enforcement began Oct. 4 when a 15 year-old was hospitalized at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
"The kids need to be aware this is not a game. It is serious," the investigating officer said.
A search was performed on the home where the drugs were allegedly bought on Oct. 7.
The search turned up various items of illegal drugs and other evidence indicating distribution, according to law enforcement.
"We encourage parents to become more involved and talk with their kids about the dangers of drugs," the detective said.
Hamilton police said they don't see a lot of illegal mushrooms, but acknowledged drugs in general are a serious problem in Ravalli County.