Four Suspects, Believed to Be Selling Drugs to Minors, Arrested for Possession
INDIO— Following an investigation regarding the sale of drugs at Shadow Hills High School in Indio, three adult suspects, as well as one juvenile, were discovered in possession of narcotics.
Deputies from the Coachella Valley Narcotics Task Force served three narcotics related search warrants on Thursday, April 23, based on reports of narcotics sales to students. Following a lengthy investigation, and with assistance from the assigned School Resource Officer from the Indio Police Department, officers arrested a male juvenile on the school grounds.
A warrant was issued to search the juvenile’s residence in the 82300 block of Avenida Gonzalez in Indio. The search netted over 25 grams of cocaine along with other items related to narcotics sales. A second male discovered at the residence was arrested on similar charges. Authorities also found an infant at the residence, and Child Protective Services was called in order to protect the child’s well-being.
The juvenile male was transported and booked into the Indio Juvenile Hall for conspiracy to possess narcotics with the intent to distribute. The second male, Juan Calderon, 18 of Indio, was arrested and booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio for possession of narcotics and endangering a child.
After receiving further information regarding the case, officers served two additional search warrants at residences located in the 43200 block of Liberty Street, Indio, and the 79100 block of Diane Drive in La Quinta, associated with two more suspects. According a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff, over 16 grams of suspected cocaine, over 6 grams of suspected MDMA (Molly), 24 capsules containing suspected MDMA, packaging, scales, and other evidence of drug sales were confiscated.
18-year-old Kennedy Joseph Strong of La Quinta and 18-year-old Donald John Moore of Indio were arrested and booked into the Riverside County jail in the city of Indio for possession of methamphetamine for sales, and possession of narcotics. Moore had a previous driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs arrest on November 13, 2014.