TEMECULA – Twenty juveniles and four adults were arrested today in a law enforcement crackdown aimed at breaking up drug rings at two Temecula high schools.
The Riverside County sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau conducted what was described as a ”long-term” commitment of resources to net suspects involved in the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics, according to the agency.
Undercover operations focused on Temecula Valley and Chaparral high schools, authorities said.
During the investigations, operatives learned that 20 juvenile students and two adult students were allegedly providing cocaine, Ecstasy, heroin, LSD, marijuana, methamphetamine and a variety of prescription drugs to fellow students on the campuses, according to sheriff’s officials.
The SIB unit, with the help of other law enforcement agencies, executed arrest and search warrants today, culminating in the round-up of the alleged conspirators and seizures of contraband.
None of the underage students were identified. All were booked into Southwest Juvenile Hall in Murrieta on suspicion of narcotics violations, according to the sheriff’s department.
Eduardo Rubio, 18, who attends Temecula Valley High School, was arrested on suspicion of multiple allegations of illegal possession of drugs for sale. He’s being held in lieu of $60,000 at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
Luke Waltrip, 18, a student at Chaparral High, was booked into the SWDC for the same allegations. Bail information was not immediately available.
Two women were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment in connection with the case. Denise Machelle Robertson, 43, was booked into the SWDC, along with her relative, Laverne Robertson, 44, both of Temecula.
Bail information for the pair was not immediately available.
It wasn’t clear whether any additional suspects were being sought.