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Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 5:23 PM
LEBANON — A Warren County drug task force agent was questioned Monday in juvenile court about his interviews with the teenage son of a long-time Springboro schoolteacher accused of permitting drug abuse at their home.
The lawyer representing the son of teacher Amy Panzeca, charged with helping her son obtain the online currency Bitcoin used to purchase LSD, has filed a motion to have the boy’s statements to the agent suppressed.
Amy Panzeca is also charged with child endangering and contributing to the unruliness, and she is on leave from her job.
The boy, 16, is accused of trafficking in LSD to 25 to 30 Springboro High School students, as well as possession of the hallucinogenic and marijuana.
The recorded interviews indicate the LSD was ordered online from California and arrived in packages delivered to the house.
“Your mom has to know that you’re doing something,” the undercover detective said on the recordings played during the hearing in court in Lebanon.
Amy Panzeca’s lawyer is also expected to file a motion for suppression of her statements to police. Mother and son are both free while awaiting trial.
They were charged after a May 19 raid of their home in Springboro.
On the recording of the first interview, the agent questioned the son about whether the home was a known “party house.”
“There’s a lot of traffic in and out of this house,” said the agent, who is not being identified because of his undercover status.
Lawyer Kevin Hughes questioned why the son’s Miranda warning, ensuring he knew his legal rights, was not memorialized on paper or recorded, like for the others interviewed.
Hughes also suggested the boy should have been allowed to talk with his mother during the interrogation process, during which they - and other boys found hiding in the furnace room of the home - were questioned.
During his second interview, the boy admits giving his mother money she exchanged for Bitcoin he used to purchase as many as 100 hits at a time during six months he supplied the drugs to the high-school students, while being home-schooled himself.
“He never asked to speak to his mother,” the agent said, also insisting he read the boy his Miranda rights before questioning him.
Judge Joe Kirby said he wanted lawyers on both sides to file final arguments by Nov. 18.