A Bullhead City, Arizona, school custodian has been arrested for possession of methamphetamine on the school’s campus. The 29-year-old woman was charged with possession of dangerous drugs in a drug-free school zone.
Drug-Free School Zones
The concept of the drug-free school zone dates from the crack epidemic of the 1980s. In an effort to shield children, particularly very young children, from drug dealers, laws were passed declaring areas around schools as drug-free zones and setting much higher penalties for anyone caught selling or possessing drugs in those areas.
The distance around the schools varies from state to state but is typically 1,000 to 1,500 feet. The presumptive sentence for conviction of illegal drug sales within the zones can sometimes be decades longer than sales outside them.
Unfortunately, few people who are caught up in the throes of drug addiction are aware of their proximity to a school when buying their drug of choice, and even fewer are aware of the penalties associated with getting caught. Ultimately, no matter where someone is standing when they get high, the focus should be on getting them treatment above all else.
Focus on Treatment
No one denies that the concept of the drug-free zone was well intended. Selling drugs to children is an unconscionable act. But professional addiction treatment for offenders can often help the situation more than extended prison sentences.
If your Bullhead City loved one is on the wrong side of the law due to drug use and abuse, now is the time to help them get treatment. Our trained admissions coordinators are available to talk with you, whenever you need them. Please call now.
Community Medical Services LLC
809 Hancock Road Suite 1
Bullhead City, AZ 86442