Update @ 5:27 p.m.: According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department report, deputies seized various illegal narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, and illegal prescription drugs during the course of the long-term investigation.
Among the 20 juvenile students who were arrested were two adult students who were allegedly involved in illegal drug sales between two schools, Deputy Albert Martinez said in the report.
Temecula Valley High School student Eduardo Rubio, 18, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana sales. And Chaparral High School student Luke Waltrip, 18, arrested on suspicion of narcotics sales.
Additionally, Temecula residents Denise Robertson, 43, and Laverne Robertson, 44, were arrested at their home in the 39000 block of Diego Dr. in Temecula on suspicion of child endangerment.
The juveniles were ultimately transported to Juvenile Hall, where they were booked for the outstanding warrants and any additional narcotics charges.
Martinez added: “Citizens are encouraged to report drug activity or information that could lead into the arrest of subjects involved with any criminal activity by submitting an anonymous tip at the Sheriff’s WeTip online form or by calling 800-78-CRIME.”
Original: After a lengthy undercover drug investigation, 22 students from three Temecula high schools were taken into custody, Temecula Unified School District officials reported today.
“At approximately, 8:30 a.m. this morning, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department arrived at three of our district high schools- Temecula Valley High School, Chaparral High School and Rancho Vista High School,” TVUSD officials said in a report.
Deputies informed school administrators that as part of an undercover drug operation, a total of 22 students from district schools would be taken into custody.
Once deputies arrived at the high schools, they escorted the students out of class and off campus without incident.
“The students detained include 15 from Temecula Valley High School, 5 from Chaparral High School and 2 from Rancho Vista Continuation High School,” District spokeswoman Melanie Norton wrote.
“Our district adheres to a zero tolerance policy in regards to drug use. The education and safety of all students on our campus is our top priority. Anything that may prohibit this from happening on our campus will always be dealt with in a swift and efficient manner,” Temecula HS principal Dr. Richard Lawrence said in a recorded statement.
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