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 February 18th, 2011  
St. Lucie County school deputies arrest Fort Pierce Central High School student for possession of a firearm at the school, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
 

Acting on a tip from a Fort Pierce Central High School administrator, St. Lucie County school-based deputies late Thursday morning arrested a student in the auto repair classroom for possession of a firearm on school property and other charges, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"School-based deputies work closely with school authorities and students to develop information about vital safety matters," Sheriff Mascara said. "In this case, those relationships paid off with the arrest of a student who had a gun in his back pack."

Deputies arrested Javier Otero, 16 (DOB 4/4/1994) on five charges:

- Possession of a firearm on school property, a felony;
- Altering the identity of a weapon by removing the serial number, a felony;
- Unlawful possession of a firearm by a person under 18, a misdemeanor;
- Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor; and
- Violation of probation for resisting arrest without violence.

Deputies booked Otero into the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Pierce. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice operates the detention center.

When deputies encountered Otero, he appeared nervous, then admitted he had marijuana in his pocket and a gun in his back pack. The gun, a two-shot High Standard, .22-caliber derringer, was not loaded, but deputies found a bullet in his right front pants pocket.

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