A Clifton man who authorities believe sold a marijuana-laced cookie that passed through several sets of hands before hospitalizing a middle school student Friday is facing a felony charge.
Angel I. Parra, 20, could be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly using his 14-year-old sister's help on social media to sell a cookie that sickened a young girl at Mount Garfield Middle School on Friday, according to an affidavit for his arrest. Authorities didn't release the age of the girl.
A Mesa County sheriff's deputy working as a school resource officer at the Clifton middle school launched an investigation after a student at the nurse's office admitted she had eaten a marijuana cookie given to her by one of her classmates, a 12-year-old girl. The sick girl was eventually taken to the hospital by ambulance after complaining of "extreme pain and difficulty breathing," the report said.
The 12-year-old classmate told a deputy she had bought two cookies from a 16-year-old Palisade High School student she met on SnapChat, the report said.
The 16-year-old allegedly admitted she had helped facilitate the sale of the cookies to the younger girl. According to the affidavit, she told the deputy that her friend and her friend's brother, Parra, were trying to sell edibles on SnapChat — an endeavor the 16-year-old described as a normal occurrence, according to the report.
When confronted by the deputy, Parra's younger sister initially claimed responsibility, saying she had snuck into her brother's bedroom and stolen two cookies that he had obtained with his medical marijuana card, the report said. When confronted with the 16-year-old's story, however, Parra's sister allegedly admitted she had advertised the cookies on SnapChat on her brother's behalf.
Both Parra's sister and her 16-year-old friend said Parra kept the $20.
Parra himself denied the accusation. He told the deputy his sister had stolen his marijuana cookies, the report said.
Parra was arrested the same day on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a felony, and unlawful distribution of marijuana, a misdemeanor. He was released Monday on a personal-recognizance bond.
Mesa County Judge Bruce Raaum ordered Parra to avoid contact with children under the age of 18, and refused to make an exception for Parra to have contact with his 16-year-old girlfriend.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, one high school student was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful distribution of marijuana, although it wasn't clear which teen. The middle school students were referred to Pathways, a school program that allows children to avoid drug possession charges.