Redmond Police arrest 11 Redmond High School teens in drug sweep

RHS-Drug-Bust Redmond Police arrested 11 Redmond High School students Friday morning in a drug bust on campus, taking students out of class in handcuffs. The teens were arrested for allegedly selling drugs including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA, and a variety of prescription medications to undercover police officers.

"Unfortunately drugs of many kinds are being sold in high schools all over the state and all over the country. Our efforts are to make sure it does not happen, and that is what this is part of."

Katheryne Reith, Lake Washington School District

Redmond High School principal, Jane Todd sent an email to parents regarding the undercover drug  operation and the arrests of eleven RHS students. Bob Yoder of the Redmond Neighborhood Blog has posted the letter on his site:

I wanted to inform you that today Redmond Police Department concluded a months' long undercover operation which resulted in the arrest of a few students. The arrests occurred during a planned lock down drill, and were without incident. We then had a very unplanned fire drill which resulted from ineffective use of a microwave. Although I am bound by confidentiality with regard to specifics on any students involved, I would be happy to answer any other questions you have. Please feel free to e-mail me.

Undercover police purchased drugs both in and outside the school boundaries. The Lake Washington School District emphasizes that the arrests do not reflect the entire school body at the high school.

"Two of the students are 15 years old, six are 16 and three are 17, Redmond police said.

Most of the students were arrested Friday at school between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., and others were taken into custody at home, said police spokesman Jim Bove.

The students face potential charges for using, possessing or distributing drugs that also include prescription medications and MDMA, he said. MDMA is an illegal drug that acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration." The Seattle Times

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