Police: Md. high school student busted for selling Xanax out of school bathroom stall
POTOMAC, Md. (WJLA) - Despite living in a $2+ million home, police say a Winston Churchill High School student was caught scoring some extra lunch money by selling prescription pills to a fellow classmate.
Connor Harrington, 19, of the 8600 block of Stirrup Court in Potomac, is now facing four criminal drug charges, including distribution of a controlled dangerous substance on school property.
Montgomery County Police say around 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, an observant school security guard entered a boys' bathroom and noticed two male students sharing a single stall. When the stall door opened, the security guard watched Harrington and a 17-year-old junior exit. The guard asked both students to accompany him to the security office. Harrington, however, refused, briskly leaving the building and, ultimately, school property.
The 17-year-old accused buyer, who ABC7 is not identifying, allowed the security guard to search his backpack. That is when the guard found 24 Xanax pills (2 mg), plus nine Effexor pills (150 mg) in a plastic baggy.
According to the FDA, Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. Effexor is used to combat depression, but is much less potent than Xanax, according to the FDA.
Deserted by his alleged drug dealer, the 17-year-old junior agreed to give a full confession to the school resource officer assigned to cover Winston Churchill High School. The teen explained that two days prior, he offered Harrington $105 for 21 Xanax pills. Harrington accepted and promised to add three complimentary pills as a thank you for the buyer also grabbing him lunch. Then, two days later, the not-so-incognito "hand-to-hand" exchange went down in a second-floor boys' bathroom.
Per protocol, police tested and confirmed the confiscated pills were indeed Xanax. The pills also had "Xanax" printed on their sides. Investigators later reviewed the school surveillance video system, which they say clearly shows Harrington and his buyer entering and exiting the bathroom in between third and fourth periods.
Court documents indicate that in July 2015, Fairfax County (Virginia) Police arrested Harrington for possession of marijuana after being caught smoking pot in his car with two other teenagers. Then, months later, in September 2015, Harrington's own mother reported him to Montgomery County Police, suspecting he was dealing drugs based on social media posts that mentioned "marijuana edibles."
Those same court documents also reveal Harrington lives with his mother in a lovely $2+ million, 4,500-square-foot home in Potomac. The home includes a sprawling wooded backyard, in-ground pool, guest house, gourmet kitchen, exercise room, wine cellar and fine furnishings throughout.
It's unclear if Harrington held a legal job.
PLEASE NOTE: Harrington is not currently employed with Calleva Summer Camp, but he previously worked there in 2014 and part of 2015. (Information courtesy of employee with organization)
Harrington will return to Montgomery County District Court on March 3 for a preliminary hearing. He faces up to 34 years in prison and/or $75,000 in fines.
This story has been updated, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017