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Meth found in ‘candy’ confiscated from Ione student

Amador County school district officials say students should be cautious about accepting what may appear to be candy from other students after a student at Ione Junior High School was found with “candy” found to contain methamphetamine.

Tim Zearley, assistant superintendent of the Amador County Unified School District, said the incident occurred Monday. What appeared to be Smarties candy was confiscated from a student, and a test of the substance came back positive for methamphetamine.

A letter from the district to parents regarding the incident states that administrators at the school took prompt disciplinary action. Zearley said the Ione Police Department was notified and is handling the investigation.

Ione police Chief Tracy Busby said the student, a 14-year-old boy, has been referred to juvenile probation and will have a hearing before a probation officer. Only one tablet was involved, and the student was not under the influence of drugs, Busby said.

Police work with school employees to help them recognize suspicious substances, and Busby said it was a school staff member who spotted the youth with the tablet. The police chief said the youth told officials that he had found the tablet on the ground.

Initial tests indicated the tablet contained Ecstasy and methamphetamine, Busby said, adding that further tests will be conducted.

He said it is unusual to find these types of drugs among students at the junior high level.

The letter from the school district suggested parents spend time online researching the different types of drugs that can be masked as candy or other popular snacks.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy