By John Vibes |
Dozens of high school students were arrested in an undercover investigation where police pretended to be 11th graders.
CALIFORNIA (INTELLIHUB) — Police in Riverside County, California have been running an undercover sting investigation in a local school to hunt down small time teenage drug vendors and users. The semester long operation resulted in the arrest of 25 different teenagers, all of whom believed that undercover officers were close friends.
The underage students were taken to a juvenile prison, and the adult students, 18-year-old Serina Ramirez and 19-year-old Erick De La Cruz of Perris High School, were taken to a detention center.
Anthony Rodriguez, 16, said the officers weren’t on campus for long.
“They knew who they were looking for and exactly how to get there,” he said.
Trevor Steinrichter, 16, said police showed up in his history class.
“Scary. I saw my friend get arrested,” he said.
Bruce Hollen, 16, said it was disturbing to think a deputy was posing as a student.
“You think you can trust people – you just never know,” he said.
This large drug bust occurred in the same school district where 22 students were arrested last year in a similar raid. One of those students had autism and was actually lured into buying cannabis by an undercover officer. The parents of this student are currently taking legal action about police.
Critics of undercover drug stings argue it’s unfair to target teenagers. “Sending police and informants to entrap high-school students is sick,” Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance said Friday. “More often than not the drug war is ruining young people’s lives and doing much more harm than good.”
 Cops Pretend To Be 11th Graders, Then Arrest 25 Students – Huffington Post
 Perris and Menifee students snared by undercover deputies – PE.com