7 Westview High students questioned in drug bust

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SAN DIEGO -- Seven teenagers face possible drug charges after being detained today on suspicion of using and distributing marijuana in front of Westview High School.

The students -- four minors and three 18-year-olds -- were taken into custody by undercover San Diego police detectives in the 13500 block of Camino del Sur in Torrey Highlands about 8:30 a.m., SDPD Sgt. Wes Albers said.

The suspects were questioned and released pending further investigation and possible filing of criminal narcotics charges. All the youths were cooperative with the detectives, who were acting on an anonymous tip about suspected drug use among teens in the area, Albers said.

After detaining the students, the officers searched two vehicles parked near the campus, finding marijuana paraphernalia and remnants of used cannabis, the sergeant said during a mid-afternoon briefing outside SDPD Northwestern Division headquarters.

Police give high-priority attention to all alleged drug offenses and other crimes that could put juveniles at risk in the division, which is home to four school districts, "30 some-odd schools'' and thousands of students, Albers told news crews.

"There are students walking to school (here),'' he said. "There are kids walking with older brothers and sisters. We take very seriously the welfare of our youth up here.''

Westview High principal Todd Cassen released a statement:

"Prior to the start of school this morning we were alerted by the San Diego Police Department to possible illegal activities taking place across from our campus on Fallhaven Road. We will continue to monitor the situation and are working with the SDPD as they continue their investigation.

The individuals involved with this situation have been detained and there are no safety concerns for the students on our campus at this time."

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