PPD launches drug investigation at high school

By on Friday, March 17th, 2023 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

The following is a news release from Pendleton Police Chief Chuck Byram

On March 16, 2023, at about 11:00 a.m., School Resource Officer Lance Zaugg received information about suspected possession and distribution of illegal controlled substances at Pendleton High School. In a coordinated effort with the school administration an investigation was initiated. During the course of the investigation a 17-year-old student was identified as a suspect in the possession and delivery of controlled substances at the school.

The student was contacted, interviewed, and with the assistance of BENT detectives a search warrant was obtained for the student’s vehicle. Upon execution of the search warrant, evidence was seized consistent with the possession and distribution of controlled substances. Specifically, misdemeanor quantities (Ballot Measure 110) of suspected cocaine, MDMA and Xanax were located within the vehicle.

Pendleton School District officials and the Pendleton Police Department are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our children in our schools. This is still an active and ongoing investigation so no other details will be released. Because the suspect in this case is a juvenile, limited information can be released, however understand that we are actively pursuing all additional leads to ensure the safety of our schools and community.