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24 Riverside County students arrested in school drug ring case

Serina Ramirez, 18, and Erick De La Cruz, 19, are shown in booking photos. Ramirez and De La Cruz were arrested along with 22 juveniles for allegedly selling drugs on two Riverside County high school campuses.

December 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Two dozen students, 22 juveniles and two adults, were arrested for allegedly selling drugs at Riverside County high schools.

Following an undercover investigation, officials with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Special Investigations Bureau identified a total of 23 juvenile students and two adult students who were allegedly selling illicit drugs on the campuses of Perris High School and Paloma Valley High School.

On Thursday, investigators arrested 22 of the juvenile students and the two adults for narcotic related arrest warrants. The juveniles were booked into Juvenile Hall, and the two adult students were booked into Southwest Detention Center.

It's unknown why the last juvenile suspect was not arrested. However, officials did say they also served two search warrants in relation to the narcotics case - one was served in Meniffee and the other in Perris.

The two adult students who were arrested were identified as Serina Ramirez, 18, and Erick De La Cruz, 19. Authorities accused both of selling narcotics at Perris High School.

During the course of the investigation, officials seized various narcotics including marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, hashish and various prescription pills.