BHS student arrested for dealing controlled substance

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By JANNAYA ANDREWS
Decatur Daily Democrat

    A Decatur man is facing felony drug charges after being arrested at Bellmont High School by Decatur police.
    Kellen N. Boyle, 18, a senior at Bellmont High School, was arrested Sept. 6 and charged with dealing in a schedule V controlled substance.
    According to an affidavit released by Adams County Prosecutor Jeremy Brown, school resource officer Trent Busse was informed by BHS vice principal Amanda Gilbert two students had reported witnessing Boyle “suspiciously pass something” to another student, a senior at Bellmont under the age of 18.
    After the encounter, the witness stated the two students made their way to a nearby restroom.
    Busse and the staff member agreed to ensure the students’ safety, it was necessary to conduct a search of those reportedly involved in the transaction. Busse pulled Boyle from class, while Gilbert pulled the second student from class, and the two were informed of the reported suspicious activity.
    When asked by Busse if he was in possession of any illegal substances, Boyle said he was not; Busse then conducted a search of Boyle’s belongings.
    At this time, Gilbert arrived in the office and pulled Busse aside, showing him an orange capsule imprinted with “M. Amphet Salts 20 mg,” later identified as an amphetamine and dextroamphetamine extended release capsule, a schedule 2 controlled substance commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
    Gilbert told Busse she had gotten the pill from the second student involved in the transaction, who does not have a prescription for the drug. The student told Gilbert he had received the pill from Boyle in the hallway of the school.
    Busse placed Boyle under arrest and transported him to the Adams County jail. During transport, Busse activated his in-car camera and audio equipment, then read Boyle his rights. After acknowledging he understood his rights, Busse asked Boyle if he gave the second student the pill in question, to which he reportedly admitted he did. When asked if the student in question wanted the pill to take before his football game to enhance his abilities, Boyle reportedly suggested he believed that to be the case.
    Boyle then told Busse he no longer wished to speak to the officer and the interview was ended.
    No money was exchanged between the two students, according to the affidavit.
    Busse returned to the school to speak with the second student and his mother. When asked if he had in fact received the pill to take before his football game, the student confirmed that was his purpose in obtaining the drug.
    The student also confirmed he had not paid for the drug, but had received it free from Boyle. The student also reportedly told Busse he was aware it was a prescribed drug, but was unclear on the legal ramifications of possessing the drug without a prescription.
    Busse asked if the abuse of this drug was popular with the football team, to which the student replied he knows other players take the drug and that it is “very prevalent” with other students in the school.
    Busse states these types of prescribed amphetamines are highly abused and popular with high school and college students, due to its potency and easy accessibility. It is also abused by student athletes and taken as a performance enhancing drug.
    Boyle was being booked into the county jail under a $550 cash and $5,000 surety bond.

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