Oxnard police arrested a 17-year-old male juvenile suspected of selling narcotics and vape pens outside a middle school, authorities said.
The arrest began around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of Glenwood Drive and M Street, police said.
A father was picking up his 12-year-old son from Fremont Junior High School when he called 911 after his son said he was approached and offered drugs for sale, according to police.
Officers arrived and found a suspect who matched the description provided by the witness, police said. The suspect tried to flee on foot into a nearby alley, but left a backpack behind. The suspect was caught by police a short distance away, authorities said.
Police said they were able to retrieve the backpack and search it, uncovering vape pens, Xanax pills and cash inside. The vape pens included fruit-flavored cartridges and concentrated marijuana, authorities said.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of multiple felony narcotics violations and booked into Ventura County Juvenile Hall, according to police.
Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and public safety reporter covering the night shift for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached by calling 805-437-0208 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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