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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 11:25 am | Updated: 6:17 am, Sat Dec 24, 2011.

A mother was arrested for drug possession Wednesday afternoon after police say she and eight high school students were found in her home with marijuana and codenine syrup.

At approximately 2:43 p.m., Lodi police responded to an anonymous tip that Lavonne Sawyer, 53, had drugs in her home and that minors may also be present, according to Detective Jimmy Pendergast.

Pendergast said not only was there marijuana and codenine syrup present in Sawyer's home, but police also found alcohol and a beer pong-like game set up in the residence.

According to Pendergast, Sawyer has a history of possession of narcotics and drug use.

He added that the eight students who were found in the home with Sawyer were all between 14 and 15 years old, though he did not say which high schools they attended.

While at the residence, the teenagers admitted to police to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and one of the students involved was Sawyer's son, Pendergast said.

In addition to Sawyer's arrest, one teenager was arrested for illegal marijuana possession and two were arrested for possession of codenine syrup.

Sawyer was booked at the Lodi Jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Pendergast said.

The three teenagers who were arrested were later released to their parents, as were the remaining five students found inside Sawyer's residence, Pendergast said.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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  • Shelli Mathews posted at 4:24 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    pookie62 Posts: 2

    Please get in touch with me....... and STOP IT!!!!! As for you "Elizabeth"...... evidently you don't have a so called "life" and as an "addict" why should I "believe" anything you state or say.

    As for MEDICAL paying for your "dentures" you should have taken better care of your teeth..... and GET A JOB! Stop blaming someone else for your laziness.

    Kenneth.... get a life..... If she had no interaction with you.... then don't comment, period and back off......if you don't know someone personally... then don't give your 2 cents... I don't want to hear from the peanut gallery!

  • Elizabeth Williams posted at 12:51 pm on Fri, Dec 30, 2011.

    Lizzy Posts: 2

    And Yes Kenneth It Is The One Who Got Arrested In 2008

  • Elizabeth Williams posted at 12:50 pm on Fri, Dec 30, 2011.

    Lizzy Posts: 2

    ~She Is Also My Dentist And I WILL Say As A Recovering Vicodine Addict She Would Right Percriptions For Me And Also Put Them In My Husbands Name And My Name As Well As Ne Other Name I Asked Her To Do So Yes I No This Is True And She Is Also Frauding Our Medical System I Had Ordered Dentures Back When Medical Would Pay For Them And I Still Have Not Gotten Them And Now Medical DONT Pay For Them Any More She Is Suppose To Protect Our Kids Especially And Getting Caught In 2008 With Her Weird Boyfriend I Hope He Went To Prison Comeing In Her Office On Fairmont St BareFooted Just Not Appropiate For This Kind Of Busness.....

  • john ekas posted at 11:29 am on Thu, Dec 29, 2011.

    1stocktonian Posts: 2

    kenneth, she was the dentist arrested for meth. and to rick, the syrup is by prescription only, so it is a controlled substance.

  • Rick Houdack posted at 7:26 pm on Sat, Dec 24, 2011.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 123

    I was wondering what is illegal about codenine syrup. Is it more addictive than codeeight or codeten syrups?

  • Kenneth Huntley posted at 12:56 pm on Sat, Dec 24, 2011.

    Ken Huntley Posts: 32

    okay comment was previously deleted since the story was edited a smidge, so I'm going to ask again: is this the same Lavonne Sawyer who was a dentist that got arrested a few years back?

  • Jackson Scott posted at 3:54 pm on Fri, Dec 23, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    Why is there no general address given? ie: 200 block of West Pine

    Most crime articles contain this info, as does the Police Log. C'mon LNS, be consistant! Our local village tattler is now slowly becoming a fishwrap. Poor journalism.



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