The suspicions of a teacher at Racine Park High School that a student may have used marijuana led to a felony charge filed against a 17-year-old Racine man Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Jaden T. Byles is charged with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver/manufacture marijuana on or near a school.

The charge carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison. Because the alleged offense happened within 1,000 feet of a school, the prison term could be extended by five years.

According to the criminal complaint: A teacher Monday told school administration that Byles smelled like marijuana. During a search of the defendant’s belongings, police found 13 bags of what later tested positive for 17.9 grams of marijuana.

Byles made his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

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