Teen charged with providing synthetic pot to minor

Becky Campbell • Feb 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM

An 18-year-old county teen was arraigned Thursday after allegedly providing synthetic marijuana to a younger friend.

Malachi Wright, 18, 8 Lewis Court, Gray, was arrested Wednesday after his friend “freaked out,” according to court documents, and flagged down a passing motorist.

Wright was arraigned on one count of an adult contributing to the delinquency of a child in Washington County Sessions Court on Thursday. Judge Robert Lincoln set a preliminary hearing for Feb. 21.

The incident leading to Wright’s arrest happened Wednesday afternoon at 52 Bridgewater Court, Gray. Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Clinton Arnette responded to a call for assistance on a medical call.

According to an affidavit filed by Arnette, a 15-year-old male flagged down a passing motorist who reported the teen was in a state of panic and that he’d been using synthetic drugs.

The teen told the witness he “thought he was dying,” and asked the person to call 911.

“I spoke to the juvenile victim, who stated to me that he and his friend had been smoking synthetic pot and that he freaked out soon after smoking,” Arnette wrote in the affidavit. He went on to say that the juvenile “had extreme redness in the eyes and had trouble walking and keeping his balance.

Wright told the officer he got the herbal incense at a smoke shop in Gray for about $20, took it to his friend’s house and they smoked it.

Then the younger teen “freaked out (and) ran out of his house trying to get neighbors to call 911 for him as a result of smoking this material.”

The juvenile was also cited as a result of the incident. He was issued a juvenile petition for public intoxication.

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