On February 10, 2012, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to Lake Gibson High School, 7007 North Socrum Loop Road, Lakeland, after learning a 16-year-old female student had smoked K-2 on campus, collapsed and become incoherent. She was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where she was treated and eventually released.
Through the investigation, detectives learned 18-year-old Andrew L. Ishman, DOB 11/21/93 1544 Yeomans Path, Lakeland, a Lake Gibson student, had purchased the K-2 from a store in Hillsborough County. Ishman sold the drug to a 15-year-old juvenile, also a student at Lake Gibson.
The juvenile who purchased the drug from Ishman, along with 18-year-old Dmitria A. Grasso-Morey, DOB 9/24/93, 875 Hyde Park Boulevard, Lakeland, met with four other students in the school parking lot where they entered Grasso-Morey’s car and smoked the K-2. After smoking the drug, the students left the parking lot and walked to the building, it was at that time the female student became ill and collapsed onto the ground.
The four juvenile student’s ages and charges are:
· 15-year old male-charged with Possession/Sharing a Counterfeit Controlled Substance (Transported to JAC)
· 14-year-old male-charged with Manufacture Drug Paraphernalia (Transported to JAC)
· 15-year-old male – charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia (Charged by affidavit)
· 15-year-old male – Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Charged by affidavit)
· 16-year old female – charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Charged by affidavit)
· 18-year-old Ishaman was charged with Sale of a Counterfeit Controlled Substance (K-2), Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
· 18-year-old Grasso-Morey was charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Both Ishman and Grasso-Morey were booked into the Polk County Jail.
“The K-2 was purchased in Hillsborough County, not Polk,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “Store owners in Polk know if K-2 is found on their shelves they will go to jail.”
Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives notified the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office about the K-2 being sold at the Mobile store in Plant City, and met them at the store which is located at 501 North County Line Road, Plant City.
The acting manager at the Plant City store, Frank Sunnis, was advised of the incident. Sunnis told detectives he would no longer sell K-2. He provided the store manager’s name, Madani Labidi. Labidi advised detectives the store is owned by Najia Chelala and Alix Chouri. Labidi was also advised of the victim’s reaction to the K-2 purchased at his store and said he would notify the owners who currently reside in Lebanon.
The investigation is on-going.