Three El Segundo High School students and two adults were arrested on suspicion of peddling drugs after a three-month undercover operation in which a narcotics officer posed as a student, El Segundo police said.
Acting Police Chief Tim Grimmond said the undercover officer, a new recruit unknown in the community, bought marijuana from the suspects on the campus, as well as at several off-campus locations. He said the arrests were made over the holiday period and did not involve any district employees.
The names of the three male students--two seniors and one junior--were not released because of their juvenile status, and the identities of the two adults were withheld pending the completion of the police investigation. Grimmond said his officers expect to make several more arrests.
Supt. Richard Bertain said the three students were called in when they returned to the campus on Monday and were suspended for five days. Counselors are evaluating the past behavior of the students and the circumstances of their alleged involvement in drug peddling to determine whether they will be expelled, Bertain said.