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22 High School Students Arrested In Undercover Drug-Dealing Bust

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Is this 21 Jump Street or something? About two dozen Riverside County high school students were arrested Thursday for dealing drugs as part of a undercover investigation where cops posed as students.As part of a four-month-long investigation, the students at Perris High School and Paloma Valley High School were served arrest warrants on campus for allegedly slinging a laundry list of narcotics including marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, meth, and prescription pills, according to KTLA. Out of the 25 students the Riverside County sheriff officials identified, 22 were arrested. The minors were sent to Juvenile Hall and two adult students, Erick De La Cruz, 19, and Serina Ramirez, 18, were booked at the Southwest Detention Center, reported The Press-Enterprise. Three suspects weren't at school that day and officials are still searching for them.

The Sheriff's Department had proposed the undercover operation to the school district's superintendent, Jonathan Greenberg, and over the course of the semester, only three district officials were aware about it. Nobody else at the schools knew about the undercover cops posing as high school students, according to The Press-Enterprise.

NBC Los Angeles reported:

"I want the students to know we have ways to deter them from this. It is our obligation to do our best to keep our campuses clean," Perris Union High School District Superintendent Jonathan Greenberg said in an email to parents.