Newton Police made the final arrest in a sweep of alleged drug dealers — nearly all of them juveniles — Jan. 22.
At about 8:15 a.m. Jan. 22 police executed an arrest warrant on a juvenile charged with the distribution of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
Newton Police made a set of drug-related arrests Jan. 17, sweeping up five juveniles — and two adults — at school and their homes. The arrests were made in the morning as part of a Harvey County Drug Task Force investigation into drug activity at Newton High School.
One other suspect in the case was already in custody on other charges when the sweep occurred. Another juvenile was arrested later in that afternoon. Jan. 22's arrest was the final arrest of the sweep — 10 arrests in all.
The individuals, all of whom attend NHS or have recently withdrawn, were arrested on charges of selling marijuana, Xanax, oxycodone and hydrocodone.
The arrests were the culmination of a two-month investigation by the Newton Police Department and Harvey County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with USD 373 officials. Five of the arrests were made at NHS and two were made elsewhere in the city.
During the course of the investigation, police seized 74.5 grams of marijuana and 97 dosage units of prescription drugs. None of the cases involved weapons, and the investigations did not present a danger to students or staff.
All juveniles were taken to Juvenile Intake with Harvey County Community Corrections. At intake, juveniles are screened based on charges, home life and mental health factors. Workers consult with the Harvey County Attorney to place juveniles. Options include release to guardians, emergency shelters and detention centers.