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More than 20 students at Perris and Paloma Valley high schools have been arrested on narcotic-related warrants following a long-term undercover drug investigation. Twenty-five high school students in Riverside County were arrested for allegedly selling illegal drugs on their school campuses, authorities said Friday.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Investigation’s Bureau said they identified 23 juvenile students and two adult students between Perris High School in Perris and Paloma Valley High School in Meniffee who were involved in the drug sales during the four-month undercover investigation, in which officers posed as high school students.
The sheriff’s department reached out to school district officials to get permission to conduct undercover operations at the schools prior to the investigation. A male and female officer had been posing as 11th graders at both schools since August. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the operation was a well-guarded secret in order to protect the safety of the officers. During the investigation, Special Investigations Bureau collects information regarding drug sales and drug usage in Riverside County to determine local sources of drugs
Riverside County sheriff’s deputies say they seized illegal narcotics including marijuana, cocaine, crack, meth, hashish, and various prescription pills were among the drugs recovered by deputies during the course of the investigation.

Thursday, 22 of the students were arrested, and the arrests of two more was announced Friday. The underage students were taken to Juvenile Hall, 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 in Murietta.

Individuals charged with drug offenses in California can face severe consequences, ranging from a fine and community service to years in prison. Effective legal representation is important to ensure that your rights have not been violated and to provide an aggressive defense. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Brower & Associates are ready to fight for you, call Brower & Associates to receive help with your case. 

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