For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Gaithersburg, MD – A 17-year-old high school student has been arrested after being found in possession of a firearm in a Montgomery County school.
On Tuesday, Jan. 11, high School staff came into contact with a male student who had a strong smell of marijuana.
Staff escorted the student into the main office where he consented to a self-search, and during that self- search, staff discovered a loaded handgun and marijuana.
The student was separated from the firearm and school administration called police.
Montgomery County Police were dispatched to Wheaton High School at approximately 1:55 p.m.
Once police arrived, he was placed under arrest and transported to the Wheaton District station.
Berniz Garza-Mayorga of Silver Spring was charged with multiple weapons offenses and transported to the Central Processing Unit, where he is currently being held.
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