Brookfield Central student faces felony drug charge

BROOKFIELD -- A student from Brookfield Central High School faces a felony charge after he and another student allegedly were caught with Oxycodone inside a school bathroom. The two students are accused of crushing and snorting the pills in the bathroom, and according to the criminal complaint, the drug deal was advertised on Facebook!

Our news partners at Brookfield Patch say Phillip Wang, 17, of Brookfield, was charged as an adult in Waukesha County Circuit Court last week with one count of possession with intent to deliver a narcotic near a school.

Wang is expected to make his first court appearance on April 16th. If convicted, he faces up to 3½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

The criminal complaint in the case says the bust occurred on December 19th. The complaint says the student caught with Wang told police he found out Wang had the drug in a Facebook message. Police say after Wang sold to the first student, he texted two others, letting them know he had the drug, and that he was willing to sell it to them.

Waukesha County Sheriff's Captain Charles Wood says prescription drug abuse often becomes too costly, so abusers switch to heroin for a similar high at a fraction of the price.

According to the Brookfield Patch, Wang was a National Merit Finalist, and a cross country athlete. Captain Wood says even high-achieving young people aren't immune to the pitfalls of substance abuse. "When you start younger, it's probably going to have a more lasting effect on you and in some cases, we're seeing the overdose deaths of 17, 18, 19 year olds, and once we have that, there's no coming back," Wood said.

You can read more about this case on Brookfield Patch.