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Cocaine filled balloons found at a school in Tulare County

Posted at 6:05 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 21:05:41-04

Around 8:40 a.m. on Friday two students at Carl F. Smith Middle School in Terra Bella found two balloons on the playground of the school grounds. The deflated balloons, similar to drug bindle packaging, had a white powdery substance inside and outside the packaging.

The students notified school staff, who called the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. The Department responded immediately.

When deputies arrived, they did a "presumptive test" on the white substance, and it tested positive for cocaine. An ambulance crew was called to the school and conducted field evaluations on 13 children who were potentially exposed and all of those results came back negative.

Two of those children were taken to the hospital as a precaution only. The parents of those students have been notified.

A 13-year-old male student the suspect and is being detained as the individual who brought the balloons to the school.

A K9 also alerted deputies to that boy's shorts, which ended up testing positive for drugs. The point of origin for the drugs at his home.

Students at Carl F. Smith Middle School are in grades 6-8. Almost 300 children attend the school.