Anti-drug crackdown at Temecula schools leads to two dozen arrests

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.

16 Responses to "Anti-drug crackdown at Temecula schools leads to two dozen arrests"

  1. dad   December 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    and the rich get higher !!!!!!!!

  2. wow   December 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    wow, i just read about the sexual assault that happened, then seen this article. what is going on in temecula. we are no longer a small town suburb or what? didn’t we all move here from san diego, los angeles, orange county to get away from this and raise our families in peace? homelessness, drugs, graffity, sexual assaults, etc…. looks like we are no longer a place to "get away from it". sad thing is most of us are 60-100 miles commute away if something were to happen to our families while we were at work.

  3. Local Resident   December 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    We had to pull our daughter from TVHS this year her Freshman year due to being given several different drugs on campus. It was reported after she was acting irratic and ended up in a behavioural center for 10 days!

    Parents Beware!

  4. Former resident   December 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Unfortunately the cost of living is slightly less expensive than the major metropolitan neighbors (LA, SD, and OC) & that always brings the same inner-city trouble. Our Son & Daughter attended Chaparral (2001-20100, we loved it out there from OC but towards the later years we saw an influx of "gang/mob" mentality, the school stopped being the pride of the area (Blue Ribbon). We saw fit to bit the bullet & move back to OC, we love OC & Loved Murrieta, but you do tend to "get what you pay for". It is sad to see but you can take the people out of the inner-city (lack of respect for authority, moral compass, & parents who take pride in developing their children) but you can

  5. Lee Chew   December 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Great Oak didn’t make the list. I wonder why?

  6. Mike   December 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Drugs are every where. When you look at the past and parents act likes kids teach their kids they can get away with anything. The law is a slap on the hand if you get caught.The main thing is you take GOD out of everything do you think it would be any different? Just wait, we havent seen anything yet.

  7. don't worry about me   December 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Great oak blows, all the rich ……. will just flee to the res and wont get arrested.

  8. Mom of lots   December 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    What disturbs me is the authority the public system has over your children. You, as the parent, seem to be a side note, rather than what you should be- THEIR authority. But instead, you have children who are cared for all day by the public system and then picked up and jailed by the public system, only to find out after the fact your minor child has been jailed.

  9. Michelle   December 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    "Former resident" – are you serious?! "Inner city", give me a break! Your privilege is showing. Do you honestly think kids in your beloved OC don’t buy and sell drugs?

  10. graduated student   December 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

    ok i graduated 2008 from TVhs. all this nonsense was going on when I was a freshman to think about all the people that graduated and
    left the school. why did it take so long for you guys to figure it out..

  11. Great Oak Dad   December 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    My boy is a senior at Great Oak, i have asked him if he knows of this activity at school, he says he hasn’t seen or heard of of it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, this was going on in the 80s when i was in high school in orange county by the way in a area that was considered privileged. Seems drugs don’t care if you are well off or not they will find our kids. We need to teach our kids at home to avoid anything that will poison there minds, there are signs Parents if you are involved and ask questions, doesn’t matter how far or were you move these drugs are everywhere. Please get involved with your kids, they have been entrusted to us for short time. God Bless

  12. Fallbrook res.   December 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    It’s sad to say, I’m 50 and drugs were full blown in my 7th grade school. As a kid, I was shocked by it then, as an adult I’m afraid, I still don’t know how we can control it. I’m thankful everyday my children made it through to become healthy adults.

  13. Faith   December 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Im so thankful my son graduated from Temecula Valley and some of his teachers were very supportive. It was days I had to ask him after school was he on some kinda drugs because of his ugly behavior that he came home with that he didnt have the day before or that night.My heart goes out to the parents because it hurts to see your child acting crazy and you dont know that hes getting drugs from school with his lunch money.It sometimes was a nightmare for us with his behavior because we knew something was seriously wrong.God Bless all you parents because I understand how serious this is.Especially being a single parent most of the times you cant observe them.

  14. Arsenal   December 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    This is nothing new at all, Elsinore High (literally) wasn’t any different when I attended.

  15. Brownell   December 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    One of the students has an autism diagnosis, and after two days in custody, the judge dismissed the charges against him. And the autism is very obvious. In a time when journalists actually checked on facts, this would have been a very significant issue, so ATTENTION JOURNALISTS, this is a good place to start.

  16. Joseph   December 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    It’s thing’s like this that I hope the world ends one day. Mankind has gone down to s….and should be wiped off this planet..


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