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5 students charged in Nevada Union drug bust

Six Nevada Union High School students were arrested more than two weeks ago after a three-month undercover drug operation and a high-profile bust on campus.

But no criminal charges have been filed yet against the lone adult arrested, 18-year-old Forrest Cameron Good.

The juveniles arrested all have been charged, however, said Deputy District Attorney Ray De Jesus. Those five boys all face drug sale charges, and one faces an additional count of criminal conspiracy.

"They have been charged with sales based on documented hand-to-hand transactions," said District Attorney Cliff Newell. "But it's important to keep in mind that the focus of the juvenile justice system is rehabilitative and not punitive."

If any of the juveniles do get convicted, Newell stressed, it won't be a substantial detriment to their futures.

"If they are able to keep their noses clean, it won't have a horrible impact … other than learning a serious life lesson from this incident," he said.

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The undercover operation that resulted in the arrests was a cooperative effort among the high school district, the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Nevada County Sheriff's Office. An undercover ABC operative was placed on campus about three months earlier to investigate the distribution of illegal narcotics. He allegedly was able to buy marijuana, hashish and hallucinogenic mushrooms and negotiated the sale of Ecstasy and prescription medications.

Sheriff's deputies and ABC personnel descended on the NU campus at about 9 a.m. April 2 and arrested the six students. Good was booked and released on suspicion of criminal conspiracy and transportation of a controlled substance for sale.

Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips said Friday that no decision has been made yet as to whether Good will be charged, adding that some further investigation needs to be completed.

All six reportedly remain suspended from school until expulsion hearings can be held. No date reportedly has been set yet for those hearings, although the deadline is mid-May. Principal Mike Blake could not be reached for comment.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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