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To most high school students, the idea of their high school being infiltrated by narcotics cops is laughable. But for a couple of Houston-area high schools, it's reality.

For the last eight months, members of a Texas narcotics task force have been posing as high school students in an undercover and very 21 Jump Street-esque operation. (Although we highly doubt that any of these cops resembled Johnny Depp or Channing Tatum.) 


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Just like in the recent movie, the officers were looking to infiltrate and then bust a drug ring allegedly run by students. The narcotics task force arrested six students and handed out a total of 10 charges that included delivery of marijuana, delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of a dangerous drug. The task force also seized a number of drugs from students at Pearland High School and Dawson High School, which included cocaine, marijuana, Alprazolam and Tramadol. 

According to Lt. Chris Reioux of the Brazoria County Narcotics Task Force, this isn't the first "Jump Street" style operation his department has carried out - in fact, his department has carried out several in recent years.  

"I don't think anyone suspects that their classmate is an undercover cop," Reioux told the Houston Chronicle. "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?'

"They don't believe the person next to them who shows up to school every day, who is doing homework next to them, is an undercover officer."


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Therein lies the problem for many parents who feel uneasy about these types of undercover operations happening in their teen's high school. Their students have no idea that their peers aren't there to be their friends. They're only there to make arrests. 

Last year, Rolling Stone covered the story of Jesse Snodgrass, an autistic student who was arrested in a similar style drug bust in a California high school. His parents are suing the school district, saying that an undercover officer first befriended their son, only to then pressure him to find and sell him drugs for months. They're arguing that the only reason Snodgrass sold the undercover officer less than a gram of marijuana was because of the pressure he felt from the officer, as he didn't want to disappoint and lose one of his only friends.    

Even with the controversies that surround these types of undercover operations, many still argue that the results are all that matter. As long as drugs are taken out of schools, these types of operations should continue.  

So parents, what do you think about these "21 Jump Street" style operations? Would you be okay with one happening in your teen's school? 

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