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.
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