A 17-year-old student was on detained multiple charges last week after he was found to be in possession of moonshine at school, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
The student was charged with possession of another’s ID, minor in possession of liquor and minor in possession of tobacco. He was taken to the Aiken County detention center.
The school resource officer at Aiken High School received a report from another student that the suspect was in possession of a quantity of lysergic acid diethyl amide – or LSD – which the officer had found a quantity of at the school earlier that day, according to the report. The student said the suspect had a “fake ID” that he used to purchase tobacco and alcohol for other students as well as himself.
The suspect appeared nervous and was shaking when located in class, the report stated. The officer asked if he had anything on him that he shouldn’t have.
“There is some moonshine in my book bag,” the suspect said. In the bag, the officer found a Lipton green tea bottle containing a yellowish liquid that smelled strongly of alcohol. The student said he mixed the moonshine with pineapple juice.
The officer also found two containers of snuff and a bottle of Niacin, which the suspect said was to help him clean his urine for testing, according to the report.
In the suspect’s vehicle in the parking lot, the officer found a pineapple chunks container, which the suspect said he used to mix the moonshine.
The suspect’s parents said they did not want to take custody of him and asked that police take him to the detention center. The ID card the suspect had was a Florida driver’s license. The report did not indicate how or from whom the suspect obtained it.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.