Three San Luis High School students were arrested Wednesday on campus after San Luis Police officers said they seized more than 3,200 pills of the drug fentanyl.
School resource officers arrested Noemi Hernandez-Madrigal and Alessandra Cardenas-Hernandez, both 18 years old. Police said Hernandez-Madrigal had three separate plastic zip-lock bags with the blue M30 pills. Cardenas-Hernandez had possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of illegal drugs in a drug-free school zone.
A 16-year-old male, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, was arrested for the same charges.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency.
Police said the clandestinely made fentanyl the San Luis High students had weighed 373 grams.
The two females were booked into the Yuma County Adult Detention Facility for felony charges. The boy was booked into the county Juvenile Detention Center.
Fentanyl was a focus on education efforts among high schools in Yuma County this past school year and San Luis High held community forums to educate parents and community members.