Law-enforcement officers arrested a Huntington Beach man suspected of selling heroin to high school students, authorities said.
Juan Vidrio, 26, is believed to have sold the drug in Surf City, with many of his customers being teenagers, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.
Police did not identify which Huntington Beach high schools the students attended.
Vidrio was booked into Orange County Jail without bail pending a court appearance.
Huntington Beach police and the Los Angeles High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program — a group of agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Port Police — conducted an operation targeting Vidrio and learned that someone believed to be supplying him lived in an undisclosed city in Orange County, according to a news release from the Huntington Beach Police Department.
Officials said Vidrio was taken into custody Wednesday and found to be in possession of 20 ounces of heroin packaged in a manner consistent with midlevel drug trafficking and not street sales.
Authorities said they also found about 7 pounds of heroin and about 2 grams of cocaine at the possible supplier's residence. That suspect fled before officers could detain him, police said.
The drugs confiscated Wednesday have an estimated street value of more than $250,000, police said.
—Anthony Clark Carpio