Three Arrested, Connected to Marijuana Brownie Sales at Poly High School

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TWO ARRESTED FOR SETTING CHRISTMAS TREE FIRESOn Friday, March 23, 2012, at approximately 8:45 a.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to Poly High School after a student fell ill after consuming a brownie laced with marijuana. It was determined that a student at the school sold brownies to several students at the direction of an adult male, and the investigation that followed resulted in three arrests.

At approximately 8:00 a.m. on that day, a 15-year-old male student was escorted to the nurse’s office, after becoming ill and disoriented. A Long Beach Police Department School Resource Officer assigned to the school immediately responded and initiated an investigation. Paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department arrived on scene and transported the juvenile to a local hospital where he was evaluated and released. Additional officers responded to the school and the investigation led them to another 15-year-old male student, who had brought several brownies laced with marijuana to school that day to sell to other students. He was located in a classroom, searched, and arrested for possession of marijuana.

As the investigation progressed, it was determined that approximately three other brownies were distributed to students from the suspect. Of those, two students had consumed them including a 15-year-old female student who appeared to be under the influence, and was evaluated and released to her parents. A 16-year-old male was arrested for possession of marijuana, and all the students implicated in the incident are facing disciplinary action by the school.

Detectives discovered that the juvenile that had brought the items to school had purchased them the night prior from a male adult acquaintance, who had purchased marijuana and the marijuana-laced brownies from a local dispensary. The suspect, identified as 48-year-old Long Beach resident Guyl Givens, had also sold marijuana to minors as well as the edibles. On Saturday, March 24, 2012, he was arrested on the 3400 block of Gaviota Avenue on various drug-related charges. He is currently in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs, and being held on $70,000 bail.

During the week following this incident, officers from the LBPD Youth Services Section, Drug Investigation Section, Patrol, K-9 Unit, and the Board of Education coordinated a search at the school, and randomly searched seven classrooms. The search resulted in the arrest of two students at the school after they were found to be in possession of marijuana, and one was additionally in possession of a box-cutter. In addition, two citations were issued to two separate students for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The LBPD, Board of Education, and the Long Beach Unified School District work together in conducting searches routinely in an effort to keep drugs and other illegal items off school grounds, and to take appropriate action against those that threaten the well-being of minors in our city.

Anyone with any information about this incident or any other case involving juveniles should contact the LBPD Youth Services Section at (562) 570-1425. Anonymous tips can be sent via text or web by visiting

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