Charges filed against man selling drugs to students

Felony charges were filed in Kitsap County District Court Tuesday against 20-year-old man who was allegedly selling heroin and methamphetamine to South Kitsap High School students.

According to charging papers, Kerrance Charles Burden Jr., of Port Orchard, was charged with distribution of a controlled substance to a minor and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture or deliver.

Court documents stated that on Nov. 1, a Port Orchard school resource officer called the Bremerton Police Department’s drug-fighting Special Operations Group to help investigate someone providing drugs to high school students. A student told the resource officer about a female student possibly overdosing. The officer discovered the female went to the hospital on Oct. 31 after her mother couldn’t wake her up and called for emergency services to take her to the hospital.

Hospital reports indicated that meth and heroin were found in the student’s system.

The female told the officer she ingested the drugs at Burden’s home and said when their “high started to come down,” Burden would provide more drugs for them. She told investigators that she saw Burden weigh out drugs. She also said she saw him obtain money during drug transactions, and admitted purchasing drugs from Burden, according to court records.

On Nov. 6, officers executed a search warrant and arrested Burden for an active Department of Corrections warrant. During the search, heroin was found, along with drug paraphernalia used to smoke meth and heroin. Burden admitted to officers having people over to smoke and use heroin, court documents stated.

Burden is in the Kitsap County Jail on $25,000 bail.


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