Student Arrested at Wheaton High School, Charged With Weapons Offenses

by Patrick Herron
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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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