Campus Security Guard Busted For Allegedly Providing Special Needs Students With Fentanyl, Police Say

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Source: Riverside Police Department

May 20 2022, Published 4:18 p.m. ET

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A woman employed at a special needs school in California is accused of furnishing students with the deadly drug fentanyl, authorities said.

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On May 17, police arrested Melissa Harloam-Garrison, 46, on suspicion she was supplying the opioid to students at Bright Futures Academy in Riverside, KTLA reported.

According to the station, Harloam-Garrison works for the school as a campus security guard and bus driver and lives on the property with her husband, 58-year-old David Garrison.

Officers responded to the school around 4:30 p.m. the day of the arrest after receiving a report of an out-of-control child, and staff alleged tipped them off that Harloam-Garrison was furnishing the students with the illegal drugs.

One student had recently overdosed at home, police said.

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Officers searching Harloam-Garrison’s on-campus residence recovered over 100 pills suspected to be fentanyl as well as two handguns and ammunition, according to police.

Harloam-Garrison faces multiple charges, including child endangerment and illegal drug and firearms violations and was being held on $50,000 bond at the Robert Presley Detention Center.

Garrison, the suspect’s husband, was also taken into custody and held on $25,000 bond for possession of a firearm on campus and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, KTLA reported.


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