Police place undercover officer at local high school, find ‘no pervasive’ drug problem
TUKWILA — Like something out of a Hollywood film, police and school officials are praising an undercover officer operation at a local high school that — while netting three arrests for drug sales — found the vast majority of high school students are “not involved with drugs,” officials said.
The Tukwila Police Department and the Tukwila School District teamed up for an undercover operation at Foster High School, officials announced Friday. According to school officials, the district and police were involved in drug arrests just outside the Foster campus earlier this year, spurring the investigation.
Fearing there was a pervasive drug problem centered at the high school, police placed an undercover officer inside the school to “look at the scope of any potential problem,” officials said.
During the investigation — which lasted for an unknown amount of time — officials found no “pervasive drug culture” at the school, police said. However, two students were arrested for selling MDMA, powdered cocaine and marijuana. These students will be charged with felony drug sales, police said. In addition, an adult not affiliated with the high school will be charged for allegedly selling drugs on school property.
“The investigation revealed that the vast majority of Foster High School students are not involved in drugs,” Tukwila police said.
Officers said social media plays a “key role” in the drug culture on campus.
Tukwila Superintendent Dr. Nancy Coogan said she was revealed to find that drugs weren’t pervasive at the school.
“The amount of organized drug activity was limited to a handful of individuals who have been apprehended,” Coogan said.
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