The 19-year-old Yuma High School student arrested for allegedly selling marijuana on campus and assaulting the school resource officer (SRO) is being held on $35,000 bond and has a court date scheduled for early next week.
According to Yuma Justice Court records, Omar McQueen made his initial appearance in court on April 19 before Yuma Justice of the Peace pro tem Yolonda Torok, who informed him that prosecutors were reviewing the case against him and would determine whether to charge him with any offense.
McQueen returned on April 23, this time before Yuma Justice of the Peace Greg Stewart, who told him that a criminal complaint had been filed against him charging him with two felonies and one misdemeanor.
The felonies were possession of marijuana for sale and aggravated assault, with the misdemeanor being resisting arrest.
A public defender was also appointed to represent McQueen and his next court date, a preliminary hearing, has been scheduled for 4 p.m. on April 29. He currently remains in custody at the Yuma County jail.
According to the Yuma Police Department, McQueen was taken to the SRO office during an investigation into marijuana possession and sales.
Once in the office, he was informed that he was under arrest and allegedly reacted by assaulting the SRO. During the ensuing struggle, the officer called for assistance.
Additional YPD officers responded at about 9:51 a.m. and once on scene used an electronic control device to stun and restrain McQueen.
McQueen was then arrested and later booked into the Yuma County Detention Center.
On his Facebook page, McQueen has posted several photos and comments related to marijuana.
In one entry, McQueen posted, “Just realized I'm a natural sales man been selling pple (stuff) scince I was a youngin “ natural born hustler”” [sic].
He had also posted a picture of brownies and wrote, “1st batch of Brownies done and ready 2 sell; )” [sic].
Another person on that thread asked, “You selling weed brownies again?” to which McQueen responded, “Inbox me.”
Apparently, McQueen had just recently returned to YHS as a student. On April 8, he wrote, “Well looks like I'm back in skool again:/” [sic], adding his mother had worked with his counselor to get him back in so late in the current school year.
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