Undercover police officers in California detained seven teenagers on April 5 after conducting an investigation into the use and distribution of marijuana near a San Diego high school. Media reports indicate that the teens, four minors and three 18-year-old adults, were released after being questioned by SDPD detectives. The teens were detained at approximately 8:30 a.m. in Torrey Highlands. Police say that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
According to a police report, detectives were dispatched to the scene after an anonymous tip had been received. Police say that the anonymous caller reported that a car on Fallhaven Road contained marijuana. Police did not indicate if the tip was received on the morning of the incident or earlier. After arriving at the scene and detaining the seven teens, detectives searched two vehicles. The searches are said to have discovered both drug paraphernalia and marijuana residue.
A police sergeant told reporters that no decision had been made regarding the charges that could possibly be filed against the teens, but he did say that the parents of the four juveniles involved had been informed. A statement released by the Unified School District acknowledged that the detentions had taken place and pledged to assist police with their investigation.
Being convicted of drug possession or distribution can greatly impact an individual's life, and this is especially true when the individual concerned is a teenager. Criminal background checks are now routinely run by employers, landlords and college admissions boards, and those convicted of even minor infractions may have difficulty finding jobs, renting apartments or getting an education. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may attempt to have criminal charges dismissed or reduced by bringing mitigating factors, such as the defendant's genuine remorse and lack of a prior record, to the attention of prosecutors.
Source: NBC 7 San Diego, Students Detained Near Westview High in Pot Raid, Vanessa Herrera and Laura McVicker, April 5, 2016