Six high school students were taken to the hospital for medical clearance this morning, September 24, 2018, after they were determined to be under the influence of Xanax. One of the students was arrested for possession and distribution of Xanax.
The incident began shortly after school started this morning, when a teacher at Cabrillo High School observed a student who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and reported it to the school office who then promptly notified the Sheriff’s new School Resource Deputy on campus.
Shortly after, at nearby Maple High School, a student from the Community Day School walked into the office and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance as well. Sheriff’s deputies responded to investigate and located a teen’s vehicle in the parking lot with three female Maple High School students inside who were unresponsive and a fourth impaired female who was located outside of the vehicle. Santa Barbara County Fire and American Medical Response paramedics responded to provide medical assistance to all of the students. All six were determined to be under the influence of Xanax and were transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.
Through the course of the investigation, the student from the Community Day School, who was currently on probation, was arrested for possession and distribution of Xanax. The student was found with more than 70 Xanax pills on his person. He was transported to Santa Barbara County Juvenile Hall after being medically cleared from the hospital. The Cabrillo High School student was also on probation and was arrested for violation of his probation.
The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the Lompoc Unified School District for its prompt reporting of this incident to law enforcement. We also want to take this opportunity to remind community members to properly dispose of unwanted or unneeded prescribed medications such as Xanax so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Xanax is extremely dangerous, even fatal, if abused. For parents who are prescribed Xanax, keep it in a secure place where it can be monitored and accounted for. Parents and teachers should report right away if they notice a student who appears to be sluggish to the point where they may be under the influence of Xanax or any other controlled substance.