MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A man was arrested Thursday after several high school students wound up sick from eating brownies suspected to have been laced with drugs, a Miami-Dade Schools spokesman said.

Dionisio Lockridge, 22, was taken into custody, spokesman John Schuster said.

The mysterious illnesses sparked an investigation which led to Lockridge’s home, where Schuster said a search turned up a large amount of marijuana, cocaine and brownies.

Lockridge is not a student at the school, but one sophomore said it was a student who offered her the baked goods.

“It was just a male who randomly approached me and said, ‘Do you want one?’,” Ashley Robleto said. “I found it very suspicious. I was like, I shouldn’t take this.”

But at least nine students did eat the brownies and ended up very sick.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue rushed to the campus in Westchester and whisked students away to Kendall Regional Medical Center, South Miami Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital.

“One girl was having a seizure. I haven’t spoken to her, but hopefully she’s doing ok,” Samantha Melgar told CBS 4’s Lauren Pastrana.

Hours after the students fell ill, their classmates still wondered what was in the supposedly tainted brownies.

“They told me the brownies had coke heroin, steroids, all kinds of drugs,” Danivellis Torres said.

Parents rushed to the school Thursday afternoon to make sure their children weren’t sick.

“It’s concerning because as parents we are worried when our kids are exposed to,” Efrain Julio said.

“I don’t feel safe about my kids in school,” Norris Bell echoed.

Miami-Dade Schools Police Department is still investigating and further charges may be brought against Lockridge pending lab results.

Schuster also said more arrests may be expected.

“A lot of bad things have been going on at this school lately,” Melgar said. “I feel like the reputation is just going down.”



Peter D'Oench