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.
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 ...