Angleton ISD police: Undercover drug bust worked so well, we might do it again


by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 12 at 6:21 PM

ANGLETON, Texas – Officials say the undercover officer who infiltrated tight social circles at Angleton High School to buy drugs from unsuspecting students blended in so well, they were hard to recognize – even by those who knew about the sting.

"I would be hard-pressed to recognize that person," Angleton High Principal Jerry Crowell said.

But even though they flew under the radar, they did their job.

Ten current students and two former students were arrested Wednesday for allegedly selling drugs to the undercover officer, who had been posing as a student since the beginning of this school year.

Officers said the suspected dealers came from all walks of life.

On Thursday, their fellow students could hardly stop talking about what happened.

"Everybody is asking, like, who it might have been—who it was," senior Oscar Santos said.

Others said the drug bust reminded them of something out of a movie.

Officials did not say where exactly on the campus the alleged deals took place.

But one thing the Angleton ISD police chief did say was that he hopes the busts send a message – loud and clear.

"Kids need to know we are doing everything we can proactively to stop the flow or sale of drugs into our school," Police Chief James "Chip" Gayle said.

Some parents said they liked the efforts by officials and law enforcement, and that even more needs to be done.

"I think they need to really find out from the kids who was delivering this to the kids," parent Kippie Ogunluy said.

Police said a lot of the drugs came from medicine cabinets.

Meanwhile, the undercover agent has since left the school.

But the police chief said that the operation went so well, they’re not ruling out doing it again.