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March 28, 2014

Alleged drug deal at school; Princeton woman arrested for selling drugs to minor

PRINCETON — A Princeton woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly selling drugs to a student in the bathroom of a Mercer County high school.

Caila Marie Finley, 23, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and distribution by a person 18 or over in or on school property, Trooper First Class J.A. Cook, with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment, said.

 “She walked into the women’s restroom at PikeView High School and sold marijuana to a 15-year-old juvenile,” Cook said.

Cook said the site of the drug deal was arranged through text messages between Finley and the juvenile, who is a student at the school.

The alleged drug deal occurred on March 12, Cook said. “School officials were tipped off about the incident and they contacted me,” he said.

Finley was arraigned Thursday afternoon before Mercer County Magistrate Charlie Poe. Bond was set at $15,000 surety.

Cook said there is a stronger penalty for those convicted of selling drugs on school grounds. “There’s an enhancement that goes with it for being on school property. If she does get convicted she is not eligible for parole for at least two years.”

Finley is a former PikeView High student, Cook said.

Cook said it is unusual to arrest someone for selling drugs inside a school.

“Personally, this is my first one and I’ve been here a little over eight years,” he said. “You hear about it occurring sometimes in a parking lot, but never about someone actually walking inside the school.”

Finley did not make bond, Cook said. She is currently incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

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