Three charged in pot-themed Friendswood High graffiti
Police say three people vandalized a sign at Friendswood High School, 702 Greenbriar St., to mark April 20, also known as the "4/20" holiday in cannabis culture.
On April 20, someone spray-painted the sign with "4/20," "2011," and a stencil of a cannabis leaf, also underlining the word "High" in "Friendswood High School" with green spray paint. A week later, school officials also discovered that someone had sprayed the words "Drugs Suck" on a sheet used to protect the sign, says Friendswood Police spokesperson Officer Lisa Price.
"The estimated cost to have the sign cleared was $300 at the time of the report," Price says.
A tip lead police to issue warrants on May 12 for Scott Austin Turner, 17; Cody Levon West, 20; and a juvenile suspect, 17. Turner and the juvenile are both Friendswood High students, Price says, while West has a Sugar Land address.
Turner turned himself in May 13 at the Galveston County Sheriff's Department, and was held on $20,000 bond. Price says Turner was arrested on felony drug charges in December. The juvenile suspect is also in custody, Price says, and West is still at large.
All three have been charged with a felony count of graffiti. "The reason the graffiti charge was a state jail felony was not because of the monetary damage, but because the marking was made on a school," Price says.
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