Teen charged with buying drugs from South Pointe QB

(Rock Hill) HeraldOctober 7, 2013 

A South Pointe High School student who police say bought marijuana from Stallions quarterback Davonta Blake on school grounds last week was charged after investigators determined she handed the drug to another student.

The 17-year-old girl, whose name was unavailable Monday evening, was charged with possession of marijuana, said Marvin Brown, commander for the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.

Police do not plan to arrest anyone else in connection with the case, which has been officially closed, said Mark Bollinger, Rock Hill Police spokesman.

Blake was arrested Oct. 1 after school administrators learned he had marijuana, police said. They found him with seven baggies of pot wrapped in individual packages.

It remains unclear where school officials found the pot or how they learned Blake he might have drugs. South Pointe administrators and athletics officials have declined to comment on the incident.

Authorities searched Blake’s Mays Court home and found a Mason jar filled with 12 bags of pot in his bedroom. Police do not know where Blake got the drugs, Brown said on Monday.

Blake was charged with six drug felonies and sent to the York County Detention Center. He was released from jail on a $30,000 bond the next day.

Initially, drug agents suspected that a 15-year-old girl bought the marijuana from Blake because a school resource officer found her with the drugs, Brown said. But, after several interviews with witnesses and looking at the school’s surveillance video, detectives determined that a 17-year-old student handed the bag of drugs to the younger girl.

The student who actually bought the drugs from Blake came forward to police, he said. “Everybody was cooperative on this, even Blake,” Brown said.

Police also watched security footage of Blake selling the drugs to the girl. It’s unclear how much he charged her, but it “looks like a $10 bag,” Brown said.

Blake’s possession and distribution charges are his first criminal charges, Brown said. Police don’t know if he sold marijuana in the past.

He was not allowed to play in the Stallions’ game against rival Northwestern last Friday.

Decisions about Blake’s status on the football team will not be made until after a formal disciplinary hearing, said Elaine Baker, schools spokeswoman.

Al Leonard, South Pointe’s principal, last week submitted a disciplinary recommendation for Blake’s status as a student, Baker said.

Baker would not comment on what that recommendation said. Disclosing that information, she said, would violate student privacy.

South Pointe’s student handbook says students who sell drugs on campus will be recommended for expulsion on the first offense.

Students who are recommended for expulsion are permitted to have a hearing before Keith Wilks, the school district’s executive director of student services. If a student is expelled, he or she can appeal to be readmitted the following school year.

Blake’s hearing has not yet been held, Baker said, adding that she was unsure when it will be scheduled.

Blake’s family members declined to comment.

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