Erie High fentanyl case moves quickly as student admits to charges in juvenile court

Ed Palattella, Erie Times-News

Fri, September 9, 2022 at 12:22 PM·4 min read

A swift resolution is on track in the case of an Erie High School student charged with having fentanyl and thousands of dollars in cash at the school in late August.

Eight days after the student was arrested following an incident at the high school, authorities said the student admitted to the charges at an adjudication hearing in the juvenile court division of Erie County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.

The student was accused of having 13.96 grams of fentanyl, possibly mixed with cocaine, and $3,100 in cash at Erie High on Aug. 31, the third day of classes for the Erie School District in the 2022-23 academic year, authorities said. The student was charged with possession with the intent to deliver and reckless endangerment, for having the drugs at a school.

The admission to the charges is the equivalent of a guilty plea in adult criminal court. By admitting to the charges at the adjudication hearing— or, in the parlance of juvenile court, admitting to the delinquent acts — the Erie High student cleared the way to be found delinquent and for a judge to hold a dispositional hearing at a later date.

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