Six students at two high schools in Pearland, Texas were arrested in an undercover drug sting reminiscent to the premise of the television show and movie “21 Jump Street.” The sting was orchestrated by The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force and the Pearland Police Department.
A report by CBS News states an undercover officer spent several months disguised as a high school student at Pearland High School and Glenda Dawson High School. During the investigation marijuana, cocaine, alprazolam and tramadol were seized by authorities.
Three students were arrested from each school, four of whom will be charged as adults. The juveniles did not have their names released, but the adult students were identified as Aaron Coleman, Matthew Richardson, Jonathan Gonzales and Kevin Lambert.
The students will face charges including delivery of marijuana, delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of a dangerous drug.
In the 1980s TV series “21 Jump Street” and 2012 cinematic remake of the same name, younger looking police officers go undercover as students to make a drug bust a high school. According to Fox News, Lt. Chris Reioux of the Brazoria County Narcotics task force claims that in recent years his department conducted numerous “Jump Street”-style operations.
“I don’t think anyone suspects that their classmate is an undercover cop,” said Reioux. “With the recent release of the ‘Jump Street’ movies, I think they’re a little more apprehensive, but it’s more of a joking matter – ‘you’re not “21 Jump Street” are you?’