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Warren man arrested for online drug hoax video

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CORTLAND, Ohio -

A Warren man faces a criminal charge and five juveniles may be in trouble with their parents after allegedly taking part in hoax transmitted over the social media live broadcasting app known as “Periscope”.

Cortland Police received a report Tuesday night from an out of state resident who told officers she was concerned about a “live stream” she was watching on Periscope titled “First Time Trying Meth.”

Periscope allows people to share and watch live video broadcasts over a mobile phone.

The caller told officers that there were several people in the video, some of whom appeared to be juveniles.  She also said that a firearm could be seen on the video.

The caller stated she felt that what she was watching was credible. She also expressed concern for the welfare of the young people.

Officers were able to positively identify several of those involved and through the app determined an address where the group was located.

Police went to address and found five juveniles and one nineteen-year-old man.

 After being asked about the “smoking meth” video, they all admitted to officers that it was an online prank.

Police say the homeowner at the location gave them permission to check the residence for any illegal drugs or contraband. None were found.

Officers did locate the "hoax" drug residue used in the video as well as what the caller thought was a firearm.

The “weapon” turned out to be an air soft gun.

Police say a nineteen-year-old man from Warren faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

The juveniles were picked up by their respenctive parents.

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