Riverside school employee arrested for allegedly giving students fentanyl

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The drugs and guns found by the Riverside Police Department on the campus of Bright Futures Academy. Photo credit Riverside Police Department/Facebook

RIVERSIDE, Calif.(KNX) – An employee at Riverside school was arrested for allegedly giving fentanyl to students.

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On Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., Riverside Police responded to Bright Futures Academy following a report of an “incorrigible juvenile.” Upon arriving at the school, staff members told officers that an employee was possibly giving students fentanyl.

Officers also learned a student overdosed on fentanyl at home a week prior. The student survived.

Officers then identified the employee as Melissa Harloam-Garrison, 46, who works as a bus driver and security for the school, and lives in a cottage campus with her husband.

During a search inside her home, officers found over a hundred pills believed to be fentanyl.
Police also found two handguns and a variety of ammunition.

Harloam-Garrison was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center. Her bail was set at $50,000. On Friday, she was charged with three counts each of child endangerment and furnishing controlled substances to a minor, along with dealing in controlled substances, possession of controlled substances while armed, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition and a sentence-enhancing great bodily injury allegation.

Her husband, 58-year-old David Garrison, was arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances while armed, illegal possession of a gun and being a convicted domestic abuser in possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $25,000.

Anyone with any information on this case is urged to contact the department’s Narcotics Unit at 951-353-7200.

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