Most serious charges dropped in Ringgold pill case
Three felony drug counts were withdrawn Thursday against a Ringgold High School senior accused of distributing prescription narcotics during lunch period.
However, Christopher Pagano, 18, of Finleyville, was ordered to stand trial on three misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela.
On Jan. 14, Wilson sent Pagano to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bond. Pagano was released after he posted bond the next day.
Carroll Township police were called to the school Dec. 5 after Pagano allegedly made hand-to-hand transactions of prescription narcotics during lunch period, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Police allege Pagano traded Vicoden to another juvenile for Xanax during a Nov. 30 lunch period. That juvenile then distributed the pills to three other students, two of whom admitted to ingesting the pills.
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