While investigating a petit theft at Taravella High School, Officer Kerner found the student in question to have a misdemeanor amount of marijuana on his person. From this student, Officer Kerner was able to garner critical information regarding a marijuana selling operation taking place at the school, including identification of the potential ring leader. Officer Kerner coordinated efforts with school administration to identify and interview the suspected ringleader of the operation.
Contact with the suspect revealed he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He further admitted to drug use and possession. Subsequent search of the student’s property, including his vehicle, revealed 25.7 grams of marijuana, 19 illegal prescription pills, an electronic scale, a cigarette rolling machine and multiple plastic baggies.
As a result of Officer Kerner’s diligence and engagement with the school’s administration a student drug dealer was arrested and charged with felony cannabis possession with intent to sell on school property and his vehicle was seized. The suspect also provided intelligence regarding recent residential burglaries in our community. It is for this reason that Officer Kerner is being awarded an Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation.