Porter H.S. football players accused of drugs on school property

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Updated: 9/13/2013 10:18 pm Published: 9/13/2013 10:56 am

Local high school football players busted for alleged drug use.

In Wagoner County, police in Porter arrested Jose Rodriguez, 18, a senior at Porter High School for illegal use of prescription drugs on campus.

Police also arrested three younger students at Porter High this week for having cocaine.

Porter Police Chief Darryl Jay said the school superintendent called him when they found cocaine wrapped in a $5 bill.

"These are kids who are football players making good grades," said Jay.

Three teens under the age of 17, two of whom are reported football players, are accused of snorting cocaine before school.

"Two of the juveniles were snorting the cocaine on the bus," said Jay.

The chief said when they arrested the teens they found more cocaine at one of their homes. The juvenile’s names and mug shots are not being released but they are charged with five felony counts of drug crimes.

"This individual having an additional 13 grams of cocaine at his residence, What does that tell you? Obviously he has someone pushing the dope to him and make the money from him," said Jay.

On Thursday, Jay said he arrested Rodriguez for having illegal prescription drugs on campus and faces several counts involving drug crimes. Two other adults were arrested from Rodriguez’ home.

"He admitted to having a marijuana plant at his residence," said Jay.

He said a family member destroyed the plant before investigators could get there but found marijuana and a firearm at his home.

The case is still under investigation to determine if there are more players and who is supplying the drugs.

Last month Porter city councilors disbanded the K-9 unit for unknown reasons. FOX23 News was there when Q the police dog was rehired and then fired. Townspeople were outraged and the councilors who voted against said they were called from constituents who didn't want the dog but those people did not voice their opinion at the meetings.

"They need to have a dog to go through the school," said resident Vickie Keele.

The chief said a K-9 may have helped close the case faster at the school.

"It would have made our job a lot easier," said Jay. "Had we had a K-9 to deploy it may have encouraged more of the students to be more forthcoming, rather than sitting here for five to six hours and do interviews and try to weed through the untruths that they were telling us."

Dogs are trained to sniff out drugs but you won't find one on the Porter Police Department.

"I know there are drugs here, I don't know who sells it but I now it's in town."

Porter Superintendent Mark Fenton did not want to comment on camera but told FOX23 News on the phone he wants students to feel safe and said Porter has a good school and that it was, “a bump in the road this week."

He said the students are not allowed back on campus during the investigation.

Officer Lee Phillips and his K-9 now work at Ft. Gibson Police Department.

Porter Consolidated School Officials along with the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Task Force #27 officers assisted in the investigation.

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Unwashed Mass - 9/15/2013 10:44 AM
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The Porter city councilors were right to rid themselves of the "drug dog" scheme. It's interesting to find that Fort Gibson doesnt have those ethics.

karlschneider - 9/14/2013 4:57 PM
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Who the hell is Lee Phillips and what does his current job have to do with this story? Are idiots writing these things?

Unwashed Mass - 9/14/2013 12:27 AM
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Every school and town has drug use, and "drug dogs" dont make any difference. The dogs are mostly used to shake down motorists and out-of-towners when the dogs sniff the traces of drug found on cash (which they then seize as "drug money"). The more corrupt the department, the more the dogs are used for revenue.

gettingby - 9/13/2013 12:22 PM
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Porter couldn't bear the idea that it had a drug problem and got rid of a trained drug dog. Now that Porter knows it has a problem, how about bring the dog and officer back to do the work Porter needs to do---protect its citizens.
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