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8 students charged with selling drugs on campus

SUWANEE -- A group of North Gwinnett High School students has been arrested on charges including selling drugs on campus, a spokesman for Gwinnett County Public Schools said.

An investigation revealed that eight students were involved in possessing, selling, trading and giving away marijuana and prescription medication, spokesman Jorge Quintana said. The activity took place both on and off campus.

The prescription medication included morphine, a narcotic pain reliever; Vyvance, used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; and Prozac, an antidepressant, Quintana said.

The students face various criminal charges, as well as disciplinary action from the school, Quintana said. Seven of the students are juveniles. One student, 19-year-old Russell Ashworth, was charged with felony violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act within a school safety zone, according to jail records.

One of the students involved is accused of forcing another student to sell drugs on and off campus, Quintana said.

"That student was allegedly threatened if he did not comply," Quintana said.

A school police report states the student who was reportedly forced to sell drugs received an injury at school from the student wanting him to sell drugs. The report did not describe the injury.

No further information was available Friday.