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Alpharetta mom turns in son for drug possession


January 17, 2014
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – An Alpharetta mother turned in her own son Jan. 5 when she suspected him and his friends of smoking marijuana in her house.

The mother told police she suspected her 18-year-old son of drinking and smoking in his room in the home's basement. She said that if they knew police were coming, they would all flee. Police circled the home and entered to find the son in his room along with three other teens. Officers reported seeing two glass bongs as well as several cases of beer. A search of the room turned up a bag of marijuana along with a grinder, scales, box of sandwich bags and nearly $600 in cash.

All four teens were charged with underage drinking, with the homeowner's son also charged with possession of marijuana.

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    Really
    January 20, 2014 | 03:16 PM

    Sounds like a real loving mother. Now this kid will never be able to get Governmental Financial Assistance for College and will have this conviction following him around for the rest of his life.
    Ignorance breed ignorance.

    Armen Woodcox
    Sandy Springs
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    Really!
    January 20, 2014 | 06:37 PM

    Armen I'm afraid you are the ignorant one here. Better that this boy pay smaller consequences and learn NOW than to be protected from them and wind up with more serious, life altering consequences later. You are probably one of those that complains to the teacher when their child gets a failing grade or would just look the other way when their child is smoking pot in their room. This is part of the problem with kids today - mommy & daddy defend their child's bad behavior and they grow up to be a big fat zero! This young man still has a chance to learn a lesson and move on to lead a productive life. Mom did the right thing.

    bt6785
    Alpharetta
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    Really! who is really wrong???
    January 21, 2014 | 07:25 AM

    It is unfortunate that this mother felt forced to call the police on her own child. It is obvious that this kid and the buddies were going to attempt to sell. (i.e. scales, baggies, and cash) so these kids are actually getting off light. The problem stems from the parent not doing their job years ago. Single mom or not (We don't know that answer) this kid has been breaking rules without consequences for a long time. It appears that this kid's mother has been protecting him from the consequences of his actions for most of his life. Poor management on the part of mom "" sure, but you're not in her shoes. What has she attempted to do to stop this??? Could have been a lot, could have been nothing!we just don't know the rest of the story. I personally feel that she did what she felt she had to at the time "" but I also feel it could have been prevented if she had done her job years ago. Bottom line here is this kid is 18 years old and involved in illegal activity. He made a conscious choice to do this and therefore, by his actions, agreed to the possibility of getting caught and took the risk anyway. What if the neighbors had called the cops? Would that have been the kids fault or the mother's? Reality is that it doesn't matter who called, what matters is - the kid made a choice and now he get to live with that choice. If you choose to own & drive a car you also choose to suffer through high gas prices. This 18 year old, eligible for an "˜Adult Record' chose to do something illegal and therefore also choose to live with and arrest if he was caught. If mom had made better choices over the last 18 years, she wouldn't have put in the situation of choosing to call the police on her own kid!no mother would make that choice if she didn't feel it was the only way. Throw the ignorance at the kid, but in her shoes you may have called the cops on your kid too! I hope all comments are from parents and not those who have never had the privilege of raising a child into adulthood.

    SBH
    Roswell
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    BK *you* are the one who is WRONG.
    January 21, 2014 | 12:01 PM

    The POLICE shouldn't be doing the job of a PARENT. And Armen is SPOT ON. The mother had better ways to manage the situation than having the kids ARRESTED. Oh and where was the FATHER here? But I guess since she's apparently a failed parent there were no more options, right???

    This mother's son is 18 and he will now have an ADULT RECORD of crime. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a job outside of minimum wage these days, **let alone** if you have a CRIMINAL RECORD??? And who knows about what's going to happen to those other teens who belonged OTHER parent(s)!!! YOU are the ignorant one!


    JK
    Alpharetta
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    The real problem
    January 21, 2014 | 05:41 PM

    We are in a crisis in our suburban communities, and I agree with all of you. Parents are ignorant and enable (I know I did the same). What this mother needed was a place to go to get help. A resource center of sorts. These don't exist. Her son was obviously dealing, and while this arrest will hurt him, the next arrest will be inevitable and far worse if he is not stopped now. Our kids are becoming addicts, overdosing, committing suicide and being sent to prison at alarm rates. This mother did the only thing she could do to get his attention. Join my cause to start addressing this issue.

    Kate Boccia
    Alpharetta
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    The real problem
    January 21, 2014 | 05:41 PM

    We are in a crisis in our suburban communities, and I agree with all of you. Parents are ignorant and enable (I know I did the same). What this mother needed was a place to go to get help. A resource center of sorts. These don't exist. Her son was obviously dealing, and while this arrest will hurt him, the next arrest will be inevitable and far worse if he is not stopped now. Our kids are becoming addicts, overdosing, committing suicide and being sent to prison at alarm rates. This mother did the only thing she could do to get his attention. Join my cause to start addressing this issue.

    Kate Boccia
    Alpharetta
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    Wrong or right?
    January 22, 2014 | 01:42 PM

    Listening to you parents try to preach wrong and right is quite possibly the confusing question of them all. There is no wrong or right in this situation. What that mother did to her son is unforgivable, and what that son was doing to his mother is unforgivable. The article leads me to believe that this kid hadn't just begun selling or smoking pot, but it doesn't give me the feeling that there had been consequences in the past for his behavior. That mother needs to stand up and take control for what's is happening under her roof. An 18 year old kid smoking pot at his home is one thing, but having several friends over and "partying" is another. He was taking advantage of his mother and his home that he is so very lucky to have. I'm someone who grew up in this so-called "crisis suburban community" where drug possession is the only crisis and maybe bad driving. Maybe that should be a sign of how the kids feel growing up in these communities. Drug use has a direct correlation with anxiety and angst...

    Ben T.
    Milton
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    Mind ur own business..
    January 23, 2014 | 08:15 PM

    I think it's sick that this is even being advertised.. If marijuana is our biggest problem here, I think we got pretty damn lucky. This is no ones business but the kids involved and their families. Stop wedging your way into things that will never involve you. Thanks again, you self-absorbed suburban nosy snobs. You're lives will eternally revolve around shallow ideas and emptiness.

    Sharon
    Alpharetta
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    tough love
    January 25, 2014 | 09:20 AM

    Good Mother. Its not the pot thats the important thing its the dealing. Marijuana is on the verge of being legal for medical use which will go a long way to softening the punishments for using it. Dealing any contraband is dangerous because you become a lawbreaker with an appetite for quick cash. And your connections put you in bad company. Let the child get a taste of rock bottom now rather than decades from now. It may save his life. Nip it in the bud.

    vb
    johns creek
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    tough love
    January 25, 2014 | 09:20 AM

    Good Mother. Its not the pot thats the important thing its the dealing. Marijuana is on the verge of being legal for medical use which will go a long way to softening the punishments for using it. Dealing any contraband is dangerous because you become a lawbreaker with an appetite for quick cash. And your connections put you in bad company. Let the child get a taste of rock bottom now rather than decades from now. It may save his life. Nip it in the bud.

    vb
    johns creek
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    Laws
    January 25, 2014 | 07:28 PM

    What ever happened to people understanding that if you break the law you are wrong. Not the person that turned you in, not your friends, and not your parents. So he's 18 and an adult. He was about to or already is selling drugs. That is not a slap on the wrist situation. If you do the crime do the time. There is no gray area here. At 18 your old enough to make your own choices. BTW maybe the mother tried to stop it prior to calling 911 but cant control the GROWN MAN in the basement!

    BK
    Cumming
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