A 14-year-old boy has been buying LSD and marijuana from a Jackson Hole High School senior since July, according to court records, and reselling the drugs to Jackson Hole Middle School students.
Police interviews printed in a probable cause affidavit filed Nov. 13 in Teton County Circuit Court detail the drug deals that have school staff members and parents concerned.
The news of LSD being found at the middle school broke last week after 18-year-old Steven Bailey was arrested and charged with three felonies.
The LSD tabs were found Nov. 4, officers stated in records.
A memo was sent to parents on Nov. 12, according to the email obtained by the News&Guide.
“On Nov. 4 School Resource Officer Ashley Blair was notified by Jackson Hole Middle School administration that what appeared to be Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) tabs were located during a school based search of ... lockers,” court documents state. “Five tabs were found in [a student’s] property, wrapped in tinfoil and stored in a small clear plastic container. One tab was found in [another student’s] property stored unwrapped in a plastic bag.”
The tabs tested positive for LSD, a schedule one drug.
Both the students who allegedly possessed the LSD were 13.
One of the 13-year-olds admitted the tabs were LSD and said he had taken one on Nov. 3 and “felt the effects for approximately seven hours.”
The student told police he bought the LSD from the 14-year-old alleged seller by requesting them through Snapchat.
“He paid [the 14-year-old] $10 per tab,” records state. “After [one of the 13-year-old students] provided [the 14-year-old] with the money for the tabs [the 14-year-old] had to meet with another person to get the LSD tabs.”
Further investigation by Officer Blair and Jackson Hole High School Resource Officer Deputy Andrew Roundy revealed the other dealer to be Bailey, the documents state.
In an interview, the 14-year-old said his first purchase of drugs from Bailey took place at the 2019 Teton County Fair.
The 14-year-old “had purchased LSD, marijuana in plant form and THC edibles from Bailey,” police wrote.
Since the fair, he bought drugs from Bailey 10 to 15 more times, he told police.
The 14-year-old also used Snapchat to initiate the deal.
On Oct. 2 or 3, said the 14-year-old, he bought four more LSD tabs from Bailey for himself and to share with two 13-year-olds.
One of the 13-year-olds then paid for seven more LSD tabs the week of Oct. 10, police said.
Bailey was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of felony delivery. He also broke the law for selling drugs within 500 feet of school property, court documents state.
Some of the deals took place at the community gardens near the middle school, on the bike path between the middle school and Summit Innovations School, at Kmart, at McDonald’s, in the parking garage at Eagle Village, near Domino’s and at the Teton County Fair, court records state.
Bailey was arrested on his way to school on Thursday morning after police secured a warrant for his arrest. He was released on an unsecured bond on Friday after appearing in Teton County Circuit Court and hiring attorney Kent Spence to represent him.
Four other juveniles were cited for possession of LSD, police said, and their parents were notified.
In an email to parents last week, Jackson Hole Middle School Principal Matt Hoelscher said he wanted to respect the privacy of students while also being transparent with families.
“I write to inform you that over the last few days we have been addressing some inappropriate student choices related to controlled substances,” he wrote. “A small group of students were involved and we have quickly addressed the issue, working with local law enforcement and other community agencies to ensure our school is a safe and healthy place for all students to learn.”
Teton County School District information coordinator Charlotte Reynolds said she couldn’t comment on the case.
“We certainly understand that parents would like all the information,” Reynolds said. “We’ve provided what we can because we wanted to be as transparent as possible with parents and let them know there was an incident.”
She also wouldn’t say what disciplinary action was or will be taken with any students involved.
Hoelscher told parents in his email to talk to their kids about making good decisions.
“We encourage you to talk to your student about making healthy choices,” he said. “Lastly, we remind students, if you see something, say something — our teachers, administrators and other trusted adults are always available to support our students.”
The initials of the teens cited with LSD possession are listed in court documents, but the News&Guide chose not to print them because the individuals are minors. — Ed.