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162 Arrested Since February in School Drug Bust Program

Los Angeles police seized $329,000 worth of drugs in and around the area’s schools this spring, by sending young-looking undercover officers on campus to target student dealers, it was announced Friday.

The officers involved in the School Buy Program made their biggest busts since the annual effort began in 1974, said John White, deputy chief of operations at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Headquarters Bureau.

Between Feb. 14 and June 9, he said, $33,000 in cash and 13 firearms also were seized from students and non-students in deals made on and off campuses. In all, 162 dealers were caught, making a total of 183 sales.

“Drug use seems to be on the rise,” White said in a news conference at Parker Center, the police department’s Downtown headquarters.

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