Updated at 5:06 p.m. April 5, 2016:
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.”
The school is part of the Poway Unified School District, but located within the city of San Diego in a rapidly growing neighborhood north of State Route 56 and south of Fairbanks Ranch.
–City News Service contributed to this report
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