facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Life Imitates Art: Cop Undercover at High School

In a true story weirdly like new movie 21 Jump Street, a 22-year-old cop busts a high school drugs ring.

Image: 

Art imitates life: scene from 21 Jump Street
Photo via

By McCarton Ackerman

03/19/12

| Share

Exeter Union High School in California is reeling from a drug sting in which an undercover police officer arrested 12 students—after posing as a student there for eight months. The 22-year-old officer, who was known as "Johnny Ramirez" on campus, attended classes and completed tests and homework assignments like any other student. He also used his assumed identity to witness and carry out the purchase of drugs like marijuana and cocaine. Only the Interim Principal, the school superintendent and one other administrator were aware of the his real identity. Eighteen-year-old Eli Perkins, the alleged ringleader of the drug deals, was arrested at his home; the school was put on a 90-minute lockdown while another 11 students were cuffed. "We made the campus safer today," says Exeter Police Chief Cliff Bush. "And for those who think they got away with something, I hope they rethink their behavior." The arrested students face possible suspension and expulsion on charges of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy and accessory. The officer was recruited only after parents complained to police about drugs on campus. But some students feel violated by the nature of the sting, with at least one teenager saying he thought the undercover cop was a friend. The arrests coincided with the release of 21 Jump Street, a movie about two undercover police officers who embed themselves at a high school.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
A Man—With an Eating Disorder

When I tell people I have an eating disorder, I get surprise, sympathy, empathy and laughing-shock: "Men can have eating disorders?”

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 

Reflections
 
 
 
 

This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv