Mesa police are seeking drug charges for five Mountain View High School students after a five-month undercover investigation in which three teenagers sold cocaine to detectives, police said.
Earlier in the year, two 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old sold large amounts of cocaine, with street values totaling thousands of dollars, in a church parking lot about 900 feet from the school, according to police reports. Police then tracked two 18-year-old students and discovered they had smoked marijuana, but were not involved in selling cocaine.
"This was a lot of drugs for a typical hand-to-hand street transaction," said Sgt. Chuck Trapani of the cocaine sales. "Especially for high school students."
One 16-year-old student sold 27 grams of cocaine to an undercover detective and negotiated another half-pound sale, according to police reports.
"Police began investigations after receiving an anonymous tip that kids were selling drugs in the area," Trapani said.
Police don’t believe the teens were selling to other students. They also never witnessed any conversations about drug sales on campus. School officials were not involved in the investigation.
The students, who were not arrested, are awaiting possible charges from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Trapani said. The drugs will be tested before charges are filed, said Bill Fitzgerald, spokesman for the county attorney’s office.
The three younger students are being referred to Juvenile Court, but two could still face Class 2 felony charges for the transfer and sale of narcotic drugs.
Kathy Bareiss, spokeswoman for the Mesa Unified School District, declined to reveal any details about school disciplinary action.