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Stabbing leads to drug bust involving Port Wash. H.S. students

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OZAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) -- A stabbing case involving a teenage victim led authorities to conduct a drug bust involving eight Port Washington High School students.

It all started when Ozaukee County Sheriff's officials responded to a report of a stabbing on Thursday, afternoon, March 6th.

A criminal complaint against a 17-year-old charged in the drug bust says four Port Washington High School sophomores were let out of school early on Thursday -- and reportedly all pitched in some money to "buy weed."

The complaint says they went to "Joey's" apartment to get the marijuana -- and then went to a location on Lovers Lane, where they smoked the marijuana.

The complaint says at that location, one of the boys threw a knife that hit another boy in the throat.

Sheriff's officials were dispatched to the area of I-43 and County Highway H in the Town of Port Washington for a report that a 16-year-old boy had been stabbed.

The stabbing victim was taken to a hospital in Grafton, and then transferred to Froedtert Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Meanwhile, Port Washington Police were able to locate a witness who had fled the scene of the stabbing.

A second witness was detained, and officials learned the stabbing incident had occurred on Lovers Lane Road in the Town of Port Washington -- and the suspect was still at large.

Officials responded to the 4700 block of County Highway H in the Town of Port Washington, where they took a 15-year-old Port Washington boy into custody for the stabbing.

That boy was referred to juvenile authorities for first degree reckless injury and delivery of marijuana. He is being held in juvenile detention.

Two 16-year-old juveniles and the stabbing victim will be referred to juvenile authorities for possession of marijuana.

The next day, Friday, March 7th -- acting on information obtained during the stabbing investigation, officials executed a narcotics search warrant on "Joey's" apartment in the 100 block of E. Woodruff Street in the city of Port Washington.

Officials with the Ozaukee County Drug Task Force, Ozaukee County Sheriff's officials and Port Washington Police arrested a 17-year-old city of Port Washington boy and three juveniles -- two 16-year-old boys and one 16-year-old girl.

Joseph Gordon

Joseph Gordon

The 17-year-old boy, Joseph Gordon, has been charged in this case.

He was charged with delivery of marijuana (a felony), possession of marijuana with intent to deliver (a felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (a misdemeanor).

A criminal complaint against Gordon indicates officials recovered 35.4 grams of suspected marijuana that proved positive for the presence of marijuana. They also located drug paraphernalia, including a black digital scale, a Ziploc baggie with suspected marijuana residue, wire pieces with suspected burnt marijuana, a glass jar with suspected marijuana residue, three marijuana smoking pipes and a bong with suspected marijuana residue.

The complaint says officials recovered $960 in cash in a pair of black pants and $31 in cash inside a sweatshirt. Additionally, the complaint says officials found an opened suboxone strip inside a pair of shoes.

Gordon reportedly told officials his mother uses suboxone -- but usually stays with her boyfriend in Milwaukee.

"We found an assortment of marijuana paraphernalia, measuring devices, scales, money -- and it was obvious to us, in our opinion, that he is selling and has sold marijuana, and most likely to other high school students in the area. What's concerning to me -- a couple of things. Number one, there's violence associated with (this case). Typically when you have small amounts of marijuana, that's not the case," Lt. Rod Galbraith with the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office said.

The three other juveniles taken into custody during the execution of the search warrant (the two boys and one girl) are being referred to juvenile authorities for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The seven juveniles and the 17-year-old (Joseph Gordon) are students at Port Washington High School.

Lt. Galbraith says this case is further concerning considering those involved are so young.

"Those are the types of situations -- kids that we'll be dealing with down the line that have gotten into harder drugs. I hope that's not the case," Lt. Galbraith said.


  • Tom

    Joe zankl. No. They should be taught a lesson. Seeing some kids get “made an example of” wont do anything but make people more private in dealings. Why waste tax dollars of forces to bust kids with felonies thatll stick their whole life? So youre telling me you never drank in high school and got in a fight? Yeah he was dealing and there was violence…. No denying that. But educate yourself on the subject … There are bigger issues in the world than adults and kids smoking pot. Plus side…. Colorado has earned $3.5 million in tax revenue apready this year. Thatd be a nice deposit to scott walkers rainy day account. Earning money and expending less in police force would be nice. I understand both sides though…

  • Tom

    Yeah.. But that doesnt change the fact that there are wasted man hours hunting down people that grow a plant, dry it, and sell it that are being treated like they run meth labs. Violence shouldnt be tolerated in any case, but there are bigger issues in America than marijuana being used….

    • annette

      Really bigger issues than teens dying cause they have no clue of what they are doing. They get so addicted that they start stealing from parents, some die. I don’t know if you have kids, but I do and he almost died due to marijuana. SO SHUT UP!!! I don’t mean to be rude but only pot smokers think it’s ok well its not.
      FYI, Colorado is having major issues to due legalizing marijuana, The number of teens doing it now is 3x than before. So there goes more drug addicts that are failing school. Drugs are all bad!!! I can’t believe how some people think its ok for teens to get sick and die. Makes me sick

  • Megan

    Even though the stabbing should be the issue discussed, it’s put on the back burner in this article. They didn’t even say if they caught the kid that threw the knife. It’s just another “marijuana is bad” article. I’m reading it as wasted tax dollars. Yeah, so some kid has pot. I don’t care, is the kid who was stabbed ok? What happened with the kid who threw the knife?

  • Melanie

    All these cops clearly care about is busting kids for having marijuana. A high schooler was stabbed, yet they barley even talk about him. Some teenagers are going to choose to smoke pot, drink, do whatever they want. That’s nothing new. But a kid being stabbed, yeah that’s pretty huge. They should really focus on the big problem here, not the one that we here about all the time!

  • Julia

    I blame the parents! Where are they in these children’s lives?? It always boils down to the parents and how they raise their children!

    • Tiffany

      I believe parents are at fault to a point! But kids will do what they want regardless how good a parent you are!

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