UPDATED: Undercover Drug Operation Leads to 22 Arrests at Temecula High Schools

Riverside County sheriff's deputies arrived at Temecula Valley, Chaparral and Rancho Vista high schools Tuesday morning to escort 22 students off campus following an undercover drug operation.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 4:52 p.m. Dec. 11 with information received from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's officials have confirmed the arrest Tuesday of 22 students at three Temecula high schools in connection with an undercover drug operation.

The arrests were made at the completion of a "long-term investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Investigations Bureau into allegations that juvenile students were selling illicit drugs on the campuses" of Temecula Valley and Chaparral high schools, said sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez, in a news release.

"During the course of this investigation deputies seized various illegal narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD and illegal prescription drugs," Martinez said.

Twenty minors and two adult students were taken into custody Tuesday after they were identified as allegedly being involved in the drug sales, Martinez said.

"Arrest warrants were obtained for the juveniles and adults involved in the narcotic violations," Martinez said.

Names of students younger than 18 are typically protected in the juvenile court system; however the names of two adult students arrested on suspicion of their involvement were provided.

At Temecula Valley High School, Eduardo Rubio, 18, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana sales. He was being held at Southwest Detention Center on $60,000 bail, according to jail records.

Luke Waltrip, also 18, was taken into custody at Chaparral High School on suspicion of for narcotics sales. He was also being held at Southwest Detention Center, in lieu of $70,000 bail.

The juveniles were booked at Southwest Juvenile Hill on suspicion of outstanding warrants and any additional narcotics charges, according to Martinez.

Two adults were also arrested Tuesday when search warrants were served at a a Temecula home, according to Martinez.

Denise Robertson, 43 and Laverne Robertson, 44 were taken into custody at their residence in the 39000 block of Diego Drive in Temecula. They were booked on suspicion of child endangerment, Martinez said.

Assisting the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department with the arrests were members of the Southwest Corridor Narcotics Task Force, West County Narcotics Task Force, the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and Temecula Police Department Special Enforcement Team.

"One of the goals of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Investigations Bureau is to maintain a drug-free living environment for the community," Martinez said. "Because our neighborhood children are the future, their objective is to keep children productive and drug-free."

He urged citizens to report illegal drug activity.

News of the massive police presence on campus Tuesday spread fast via social media.

"...anyone know why 10-12 police vehicles (most unmarked) turned East on Rancho Vista at the Temecula Valley HS at 845am?" said Rich Kirkpatrick, on Twitter.

"Lol people getting arrested today. Welcome to Temecula Valley ladies and gentlemen," said Alexz Quinlan on Twitter.

Brandon Rosser on Twitter called it a "Real life 21 jump street at temecula valley," where most of the students were arrested.

Following the large-scale bust Tuesday morning, school district officials sent email and telephone notifications to parents.

At about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, district officials said deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department arrived at Temecula Valley High School, Chaparral High School and Rancho Vista High School.

"The deputies informed our school administration that as part of an undercover drug operation, a total of 22 students from our school district would be taken into custody," said Melanie Norton, spokesperson for the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

Deputies escorted the students out of class and off campus without incident, Norton said.

Fifteen students from Temecula Valley High School were detained, five from Chaparral High School and two from Rancho Vista Continuation High School, according to Norton.

Temecula Valley High School Principal Richard Lawrence Jr. sent an email notification to parents regarding the police activity at the school.

"It is unfortunate that such a situation may negatively portray our great school," Lawrence said. "However, the facts still remain that Temecula Valley High School has great students who are doing phenomenal things, that out shine the possible issues of a few."

District officials said they adhere to a "zero tolerance policy" when it comes to drug use.

"The education and safety of all students on our campus is our top priority," Norton said. "Anything that may prohibit this from happening on our campus will always be dealt with in a swift and efficient manner."

Sunshine December 13, 2012 at 06:29 PM
yes i do feel bad for these kids and the path they have chosen, however...these drugs do not belong in our schools. my child attends chapparal and I do not want drug scums brushing shoulders with him in the hallway. sorry they have hard lives but so did i when i was in high school and got help elsewhere , didnt do dope to solvemy problems.
Shannan Buffolino December 13, 2012 at 06:47 PM
all the schools are good here, they did it to help kids here that want to learn and not be disrupted in class or at school, and to keep them safe, not because they think it will put an end to the drug war in california. The kids at T.V., and Chaparrel, and Great Oak , etc. all have great teachers, and great kids, all of them! Great Oak (my son goes there) is just so super over crowded with all of the transfers, that there is probably no room for an undercover police in any of the classes..lol, (yet), but please stop saying one is better than the other, it's not about that, a lot of kids are kids from all over who transferred to Great Oak, some of them are struggling families, but wanted to go there. It's all mixed areas of students, so it's not about money , it's just simply about students wanting to learn should not have to deal with kids who are doing and selling drugs, and hopefully seeing the ones arrested will deter other kids from doing it, so they can go to school and learn and enjoy it a little less dangerous. Parties and fun with friends is good, and mistakes will happen, but all in moderation, and with some kind of supervision, kinda like when we were kids. nobody is perfect, and the teens arrested still have a chance to turn it around. This is the time to do it.
HomerS December 13, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I am sooo glad the drug dealers at TV & Chap highs were busted in this sting. My kids go to Great Oak and we don't have apartments in our area, which seems to attract undesirables like moths to a light. Most of the kids parents are homeowners in our southern area of Temecula. We are much more well behaved than those in the northern and central parts of Temecula. There is a reason it costs a lot more to live in 92592. No way in heck would the County Sheriff's Dept put U/C's at Great Oak HIgh. We would not allow our kids to be expelled like they do at rougher schools.
Shannan Buffolino December 13, 2012 at 07:40 PM
It is obvious that HomerS is just trying to get a rise out of others and make people want to bash Great Oak high..probably doesnt have kids, nor has kids that goes to Great Oak, and just wants people here to bash Great Oak...you're not fooling anyone. I wish people who just have nothing better to do than make comments to just make things worse would stop hiding behind their computers and making things worse..it's a waste of time, really, learn to be more proactive, and try to do things that encourage a little more compassion, and desire to help others instead of bring out the anger in people..Blah Blah Blah..
Shannan Buffolino December 13, 2012 at 07:47 PM
btw, if HomerS is a parent with students at Great Oak, then I say shame on you for representing us other parents of Great Oak. I am a homeowner too, but have friends who arent over here, some rent, some own, some rent homes, and some live in Apt. near T,V, and all are good parents, with amazing kids from Great AND T.V. , so your sterotyping is sooooo, not what most of us parents are like who care about ALL kids, and not just our own agenda, and I can tell you that none of us parents at Great Oak, T.V. or Chaparrel, want our kids brushing shoulders with drug dealers in our schools. The kids arrested will hopefully take this chance to make a huge change while they are young.
Galactic Cannibal December 13, 2012 at 07:51 PM
A very healthy breakfast for HS teens who ride the bus to school Fresh omelet cooked with tomatoes , onions, mushrooms. Glass of milk. And when cooking the omelet finely cut 1/4 of a bud and add to omelet. Your teen will be very happy and relaxed . The teachers will be amazed at the calm aspect of their students.
Pac man December 13, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Why did Temecula School district ask for it not to be disclosed that one of the arrested Students had a gun on campus ??? Don't we the parents have a right to Know ???
InMyBackyard December 13, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Of course drugs are in our schools, homes, businesses, etc. "Drug Dealing" has such a broad definition. We don't have specific details. As a parent, I have been to most of these schools for events, sports, etc. I have never seen a student at any of these schools blatantly strung out. I am sure there are a few however, it is not the common practice. Even if they were able to get a few kids this time,it is sending a message and maybe if regular "stings" are conducted, the people who are giving these kids the drugs to sell may feel a little heat and go elsewhere where it is easier to distribute and recruit .
Brenda December 13, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Artemis you are right. If anyone watched the many specials on TV, they would learn exactly how the human transportation along with drug moving is tied together. They bring drugs, they bring men whos fee to get here is paid by the Drug lord either in Mexico or his partners in the USA. That man works off his indenture by manufacturing drugs, NOT picking strawberries as most of you think. It never gets paid off :/ The drugs are delivered to high levels here in Temecula who then distribute it to the kids usually who sell it at the schools or out of the school, anywhere. Then they turn in their money and either get paid or get free drugs, usually the free drugs. Theres times its dry in Temecula and phone calls bring down drugs from Los Angeles in a matter of an hour or so. The young girls and boys are traded around for prostitution services for the Lords, their employee's, and the less attractive, sick or older ones for the workers in the pot houses, buildings or tent cities. Most end up just random bones found somewhere and you never hear anything else, as they are raped, and starved to death, and get different illnesses. The illegals who take a safe Coyotes van or truck, pay their own fee's are dumped off and usually family picks them up. They don't work for the drug lords. They get illegal papers, collect aid, work for cash. IF they go thru the LEGAL PROCESS to get here, pay taxes, work like everyone else they would be alive. NOT illegal draining us dry.
Brenda December 13, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Spot on there T-Mom as always honey. ;) And as a Grandma enjoy the grandchildren when they start coming along! My father always tells me, leave the doors open for your children(all ages even 27, lol)even though they are doing things or seeing someone you dont approve of. Its their decisions at different points in there life to take wrong roads or what might end up being a right road for THEM. This is their life they are living now, not what we think they should be living. But as long as you get them through school, perhaps college, trade school, they are settled into good careers then they are doing well, and the rest of things that come along "learning experiences" and keeping the door open, not getting verbal or facially(LOL) upset over a new piercing(hell she is a big wig at a large insurance company, who cares!!)and we are there for them to talk to ALWAYS whether its just chit chat, or that extra piercing they wish they had not gotten and how to get it SEWN UP!! LOL If the foundation is there we build, our kids will remember that throughout life, even as they have friends who come and go, mates who come and go, we are always still here with our doors and arms open.
Bob Dole December 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM
They can change whatever they want, they just won't have much education or employment opportunities from now on because they're felons, no matter how much they change.
Cik Bast December 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM
See what the minorities and white trash do to society. But, keep on keepin-on. Thanks for breeding them in Temecula.
susan December 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Roadrunner December 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM
No, Sonny you are not correct. School administration does not know nor sign off on the under cover investigations. This alone could wreck the entire investigation as they may tell another teacher who in turn tells someone else and so forth and so on. Then the entire operation is blown out of the water because of two many people knowing about it. These operations are sometimes so under cover that the school resource officer doesn't even know about it. Sorry, but just the facts.
Roadrunner December 14, 2012 at 12:14 AM
You keep referring to the wars and the presidents. Some problems are local problems that need to be dealt with locally. While I agree with you about the war and the past wars are well, not needed. The money we spend on the war such as destroying another country costs money, but then send more money over their for aide and to rebuild is rediculous. We can spend that money here in our own country for the homeless, less educated and work toward a better medical program, but we live in the USA which stands to be the worlds police force. We can vote to fight the politicians, but we also have to deal with our problems in our own backyard. No, the arrests of the 22 individuals will not stop the drug war nor even put a huge dent on it nor a small dent. But, non-the-less we still have to address it. Do some research about crimes. Criminals that physically abuse their wives, sexual predators, gangs, thieves, robbers are all attributed to illegal drugs and or alcohol. They are generally under the influence of drugs when they commit the crime. I am on the fence about leglization of marijuana. I see pros and cons to it.
Roadrunner December 14, 2012 at 12:16 AM
So people that live in apartments or have apartments in their area are no so well off such as yourself? Give me a break. You keep living with your little head in the clouds as your comments are so assnine that it just gives me a good laugh.
Michael December 14, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Tom, in case you didn't notice, I didn't say they didn't have CIF teams I said their GPA average of everyone on their team. Read more carefully. And if TVHS and CHS are so good then why is it that my friend switched to TVHS within like a week of school starting and a couple weeks later REGRETED THE DECISION. The only good person at TVHS is the principal. And Cody Keim, please, do you walk around campus everyday at GOHS. UMMM NOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Great Oak can't fit that many people. It's like being at a zoo but you stuff everyone inside a bird cage. So hard to walk around. They had to do anything they could to get kids out of every period of AP Human Geography. The district has so many transfer papers on their desk from people at CHS and TVHS. I went to Gardner and I admit their are a couple middle schools that were better. What a shame, some people just can't admit some high schools are better then the other. And for Chap to get publicity they have to make up a rumor that Katy Perry went there. Is that really what high school has become make up that famous people went to your school. Who does that? You get publicity by doing good in Athletics and Academics. Sorry to break the news to CHS, but, Katy Perry didn't go to your school. What a SHOCKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cody Keim December 16, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Michael, I had walked around GOHS quite a few times because I was sent there for conferences. And the comment about Katy (Hudson) Perry, she did attend for a brief period of time and so did her brother but I do not know a single person who goes around boasting about that no one cares and her family and my family are extremely close.
Local since 85 December 16, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Make no mistake, GOHS is NOT immune to this issue!! I have friends in LE world and hear about all of the issues at ALL of our local schools.
RACHEL LOVE December 21, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Im glad i got my boyfriend to stop smoking and dealing drugs. I know alot of ppl that do and deal drugs and their going in the wrong direction im really glad i stopped him in time and pluse he almost died from it. Im not a big fan of TVHS or Rancho Im glad the ppl that got caught are in juvi the have the time to sit and think about what they did wrong in their life. I will never touch a drug and neather will my boyfriend. Im hopeful that the drugs will stop in schools the students that do drugs dont know what they do to their families and friends and their community. No one will ever trust them again. They have criminal records now and that will never change unless they stop the drug dealing they have a long life ahead of then and maybe families of their own they need to finish school and graduate and move on to collage. now days ppl wont just hire any thug off the street the will only hire ppl that finish school and nothing on their records please as a student to student you need to stop drugs and need to make new friends that are nicer please thank you :)
Michael December 21, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Cody Keim, when was the last time you went to a conference at GOHS? Because you must be blind. Great Oak barely holds all of their students. I know like 100 students alone in all my classes that don't live in Great Oaks boundaries. That's about 20 students per class. 6 classes add up the math. Lot of people not in our boundaries. When they built our school they had no idea this many students and parents would be smart enough to transfer their children to Great Oak. Apparently, you weren't one of them. I have a friend I just met this year who lives over on the opposite end of Temecula. Who used to go to a charter school (don't think it was river springs) and they went to 8th grade and then you had to go to public school. No wonder she chose Great Oak. She could have easily gotten into TVHS or CHS. Because they are wanting more students. But she chose Great Oak instead. Her transfer got denied twice. Wonder how many people get denied at TVHS and CHS.
Winchester Collection December 21, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Bob, I appreciate your input and the points you have brought up. These also are true and exist but are on a smaller basis. I grew up i n the environment you speak of and chose to never smoke pot although it was all around me. That worked for me but doesn't work for everyone. I believe that we should provide health care (Mental) for our children to reduce drug abuse. Yes lets stop the Cliques. will solve more than drug abuse. How about eliminating hostile work places and hostile societies.
Winchester Collection December 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Bob, soccer Moms are Hot and love to Party!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Katinka Clementsmith December 24, 2012 at 05:08 PM
It was a shame this "sting" was done in such a shameful manner. One of the undercover cops actually went into a special ed class, befriended a disabled student, who thought he had finally made a good friend, and then harassed him relentlessly for drugs until the kid finally found him a joint. This kid was escorted off campus in cuffs, months later, and no one bothered to inform his parents he had even been arrested.
Katinka Clementsmith December 24, 2012 at 05:13 PM
At least one of these students was a special ed student with obvious social and mental disabilities, and didn't even take drugs himself, but had a friend who asked him more that 50 times to get him drugs and he finally found a way to get his friend a joint. This friend turned out to be a cop. Stupid...yeah...but kids do stupid things to fit in and this kid desperately wanted to keep his new friend. But it sound to me like entrapment, which I thought was against the law.
Brenda December 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Michael January 02, 2013 at 11:29 PM
To add onto to that comment. I'm guessing ZERO people got denied to TVHS and CHS.
anthony January 14, 2013 at 04:40 AM
maybe we should legalize marijuana that way our students would not be getting arrested and running their lives over something that was given to us by God . marijuana is an herb that has helped many of people . I have deal with my troubles with methamphetamines . parents you tell me what would you rather have your kids on marijuana or something that you don't know what it is like spice cocaine tweak LSD . I cannot stand police officers the waist are taxpayers money on arresting people for marijuana . all that you are doing is ruined the future of our KIDS . I can tell you if it wasn't for marijuana . I probably would have hurt a lot of people inp my lifetime . I am suffering with a temper problem . that doctors want to put me on tranquilizers or legal heroin . you tell me which 1 is worse .
Michael January 14, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Is it me or did everything that Anthony just said was really stupid? Legalize marijuana because kids are getting arrested and ruining their lives. How is getting arrested for marijuana ruining their lives? It's that students fault for making the stupid decision of doing drugs in the first place. Going to jail is probably better because they won't have access to it and won't be able to harm their bodies. And then which drug would you rather of your child doing? Niether. Aren't both illegal anyway? And then it's herb that has helped many people. Not to kill themselves. Using it as a herb is for medication. Not using it to harm yourself. Drugs are dangerous to your body. And cops are bad. Are you kidding me? Cops are protecting those students, they continue doing drugs they will kill themselves. Cops are saving them not ruining their lives. And I just don't know how to respond to you using drugs as an excuse for not hurting people. Drugs should make you want to hurt people more. And a for the last comment I say tranquilize you and show you how dangerous drugs are.
Cody Keim January 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM
4.0 GPA at UCLA.....yeah I'm dumb


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