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Kids exposed to cocaine at Tulare Co. school

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux held a news conference Friday afternoon to give details about children being exposed to drugs at school. (Photo TCSO)

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux held a news conference Friday afternoon to give details about children being exposed to drugs at school.

Sheriff Boudreaux said deputies were called to the campus of Carl F. Smith Middle School in Terra Bella around 8:40 Friday morning, after kids found balloons with cocaine inside them on some benches outside the school.

He said the kids started playing with the balloons that had cocaine residue inside and out and two of the children started to get dizzy.

Thirteen children in all were exposed and were all tested to see if they were under the influence but all tests were negative.

Two of the children were taken to a local hospital just as a precaution.

A K9 deputy and his handler went to the location where the balloon was originally found, which led to a 13-year-old boy, who Sheriff Boudreaux says brought the balloons to school.

The boy's clothes were tested and did have evidence of cocaine.

Narcotics detectives went to the boy's home and were in the process of getting a search warrant.


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