JERSEYVILLE — A Jersey Community High School student is accused of sharing drugs he reportedly had for sale through social media.
Wade A. Grant, 18, of Godfrey was charged Nov. 21 with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance after police said he posted a photo of drugs he was trying to sell on the social media platform Snapchat while at school.
The photographs caught the attention of police.
“We obviously take drug cases within our schools very seriously,” Jersey County State’s Attorney Ben Goetten said. “This young man displayed an extreme lack of judgment in not only his use of drugs but ‘advertising’ his product via social media. Jerseyville Police Department acted promptly and the school took immediate and appropriate action.”
Goetten noted police and prosecutors gather “quite a lot” of evidence through social media.
“We try and stress to these young people the infinite nature of what they post,” he said. “Any form of social media post can be recovered. Snapchat is no exception. A good rule of thumb for these kids is to never post something you wouldn’t want your parents or grandparents to see.”