School bus driver arrested for selling fentanyl to students at Riverside special needs school

A school bus driver and campus security guard suspected of selling fentanyl to students at a Riverside school for special needs was arrested after a student suffered an overdose, police announced Thursday, May 19.

On Tuesday, Riverside police responded to Bright Futures Academy, located at 9994 County Farm Road, in response to an “incorrigible student,” police said. While there, the officers were told by a staff member that another employee was possibly giving fentanyl to students, authorities said.

The officers learned a student recently overdosed on suspected fentanyl a week before at their home, and a school investigation revealed 46-year-old Melissa Harloam-Garrison was suspected of furnishing fentanyl to this student and others while on campus, the Police Department said.

Harloam-Garrison lived in a cottage on the school property with her husband, 58-year-old David Garrison, police said.  Officers searched the cottage and found over a hundred suspected fentanyl pills, two handguns and various types of ammunition, authorities said.

Harloam-Garrison was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale, sale of narcotics to minors, possession of controlled substances, drug addict in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm on school campus, being a person prohibited from owning or possession a firearm and child endangerment, according to the Police Department. She was being held on $50,000 bail, authorities said.

Garrison was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm on campus and being a person prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, police said. He was being held on $25,000 bail, police said.

Anyone with additional information regarding the investigation and arrests should contact the Police Department at 951-353-7200.