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UPDATE: Arrest Warrants Served At Elsinore High School

During the investigation, which officials said took months to complete, law enforcement officers seized marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and illegal prescription drugs.

6:15 p.m. UPDATE: Arrest warrants served at Elsinore High School in Wildomar this morning were the culmination of a comprehensive investigation into drug sales at the school, authorities said tonight.

At about 9 a.m., detectives served the warrants and collared 12 students at Elsinore High for alleged drug sales; another 12 were taken into custody at Vista del Lago High School in Moreno Valley.

During the investigation, which officials said took months to complete, law enforcement officers seized marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and illegal prescription drugs.

Seven minors were alegedly found with illegal items, including a "switch-blade knife, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and hydrocodone," according to a released statement from Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Joe Borja.

The youths were taken to Juvenile Hall and booked on the warrants, with charges that were connected to today's arrests, Borja said.

Sheriff's investigators were helped by members of the Southwest Corridor Narcotics Task Force; West County Narcotics Task Force; Drug Enforcement Administration; deputies from the Lake Elsinore Police Department; and the District Attorney's Office, which obtained the warrants and filed petitions in Juvenile Court, Borja said.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department served arrest warrants at Elsinore High School this morning, but little information is available at press time.

There were no emergency incidents at the school. Instead, deputies came onto the campus at approximately 9 a.m., served warrants, and "took people into custody," said Lake Elsinore Unified School District spokesman Mark Dennis.

It is unclear whether students and/or staff were involved.

"The sheriff's department is taking the lead on this," Dennis said.

The school was not on lockdown during the warrant service and classes have been held as scheduled, Dennis said.

Speaking by phone, Sgt. Joe Borja of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said his department will be releasing more details shortly.

As of 1:30 p.m., Dennis said the scene on campus is normal and there has been little to no disruption as a result of the arrests.

More information to follow ...

michael December 13, 2011 at 06:51 AM
First off NO most of the kids were not hispanic in fact most were white kids! And race has nothing to do with the drugs. I do think that the arrests should be made at school and am glad they were, no one looks at these kids as "bad kids" and it sets a great example. Also our administration is among the best it has been in years! All of the "A.P's" are very good at what they do and they actually care about the students, along with Dr. Hurst. And we have very dedicated teachers and councelors, just to name a few mr lymon, mrs asbury, mr templeton, ms george, mr k, mrs olson, ms thomas, ms jennings, mrs hofmann, our football coaches peralta, weisman, hodges... And how dare you say that they sit on their asses and look like drug users, you don't know a damn thing about MY school, teachers, staff, or kids! And we do have drug dogs that come to the school, but with little extra funding how are we to do all of these things you suggest? And even if we were drugs will exist on and off campus no matter what!
Roberto December 13, 2011 at 07:06 AM
"And how dare you say that they sit on their asses and look like drug users, you don't know a damn thing about MY school, teachers, staff, or kids! And we do have drug dogs that come to the school, but with little extra funding how are we to do all of these things you suggest? " REPLY: Drugs are a fact of life. They don't have to be accepted as a fact of life in the workplace or within learning institutions. Teachers and administrators should be subject to random drug testing to ensure they are not part of the problem and are on board with ZERO tolerance. Periodic drug sweeps and a ZERO tolerance policy along with student uniforms should be mandatory. Having your pants hang down around your ass isn't professional and students are being prepared for the real world. Drug use on school grounds, in the work place happens and anyone who thinks this is acceptable needs to be terminated or in case of students expelled permanently. It's time to start growing up. No violence, bullying, inapporpiate sexual behaviour or drugs.
Brad December 13, 2011 at 07:24 AM
I think this is one of the social issues human intelligence collection could easily solve. Google: HUMINT Setup a link on the school's main website: "Click here to report Campus Crime -- Earn CASH". Allow for a truly anonymous form based tip line. It could also include a SMS shortcode they only have to send a text message to. If it's deemed the information is good, pay that confidential informant $100-1000 CASH no questions asked. No Questions Asked... No information recorded... No 1099's ... No informing parents. Pay them from seized asset funds. With cash, there is plausible deniability for the district and law enforcement agency if a juvenile chooses to do something stupid with that money. You'ed have to limit who has access to the tip database as well -- staff members could always warn students. There was a certain teacher that belonged to a certain minority who told all the students he of his minority to watch out for me, he suspected that I, myself was an undercover police officer. The funny thing was he was wrong. I was clean cut, I'd show up to class and school everyday, but never do any classroom work or homework, had recently transferred, and was able to hold a conversation "beyond my years". Every other school in that school district had just had undercover 21-jump street style drug busts. Everyone except the one I was going to. When it comes to Human Intelligence Collection, you have to compartmentalize to protect your assets from the one bad apple.
Jason EHS '99 May 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM
For the one who said to not classify marijuana as a class A drug. I for one am all for legalizing it. But not for a child. And sorry but highschool students are CHILDREN. Even if the student is 18 or even sometimes 19. There still children. They attend school to learn and prepare themselves for the rest of there lives...not to get high. Drugs, marijuana, alcohol, guns, knives etc are everywhere, not just were the moneys at. Its a problem that needs to be dealt with but sadly wont be. Im not a fan of cops personally but i do respect what they did here and thank them for keeping my 3 little cousins that attend that school safer, even if its just a little bit.
censored messenger December 10, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I'm sure that all citizenship records of students allowed to attend a California High School have checked for validity of their permits? they are many counterfeits. Easily verified by contacting ICE...online. All so-called "Green Card" legal aliens and their children must show these cards upon request. Elsinore High should insist upon this! It is the law for each legal Resident Alien to carry proof of their permission to be in the United States at all times... Follow the rules or get out of my country....

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