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Sheriff's deputies highlight drug trends in schools

By Carolina Astrain
Oct. 29, 2012 at 5:29 a.m.
Updated Oct. 30, 2012 at 5:30 a.m.

Law enforcement officials display a slide showing more than 150 different Ecstasy pills. Ecstasy is used for its suppression of negative feelings and heightened visual experience.

Purple drink, cheese heroin and methamphetamine.

These are a few of Capt. Abel Arriazola's least favorite things.

Officers from the Victoria County Sheriff Office gave a presentation on drugs commonly used by teenagers in the Crossroads area to Victoria school district administrators Monday afternoon.

A buffet of synthetic marijuana packets were spread across a table before principals, administrators and staff.

The county's special crimes unit sergeants J.T. Smith and Melissa Rendon led the presentation of illegal and illicit substances more than half of students in Texas consume before graduating, including LSD, cocaine and methadone.

"Meth is back on the rise again," Smith said. "These are the top drugs that you may see crop up on your campuses."

Elementary school students are increasingly involved in the drug trade, the sergeant warned.

"Things have changed dramatically in the last 20 years," Smith said. "Ecstasy is a big pedophilia drug."

Slides of multi-colored tablets with designer labels imprints were on display for the curious crowd of principals and administrators.

Vera Wang, Bart Simpson and four-leaf clovers were a few of the logos marking the illegal drugs.

"For some reason, we've noticed a lot of purple-colored tablets in Victoria," Rendon said. "These are very easy for kids to conceal."

As part of the sheriff's office new partnership with VISD, superintendent Robert Jaklich invited the officers to bring his staff up to speed on what kids are using nowadays.

"The idea came out of collaboration," Jaklich said. "This is a good way to teach our administrators how they can work with our school resource officers to identify students using drugs."

The sergeants said some of the drugs students are using have become increasingly difficult to detect.

"I'm amazed at how smart our youth is these days," said Juvenile Justice Center Academic Administrator Kristine Martin. "The scariest incident I've encountered was with bath salts."

Although the sergeants said marijuana is more commonly used among students, Martin said she's noticed more dangerous substances at play.

"A lot of these kids at the center come in with these issues every day," Martin said.



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