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Posted on: March 8, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Man Arrested for Selling and Distributing THC Vape Pens to Minors

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Riverside County Sheriff-Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Dawn Blair

File # D230460031


In February 2023, a Hemet Sheriff’s Station School Resource Officer learned that vape pens containing concentrated cannabis were being sold to juveniles who attend a local school in the 41500 block of East Mayberry Avenue in Hemet. The investigation revealed James David Britton, Jr., a 20-year-old resident of Hemet, used social media to contact and sell vape pens to students at the school. Using social media, Britton Jr. would arrange a location to meet or drop off the vape pens in exchange for money.

On March 7, 2023, a warrant was issued for Britton Jr.’s arrest. He was later located and arrested during a traffic enforcement stop in the city of San Jacinto. Britton Jr. was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center for narcotics sales and distributing marijuana to a minor and child endangerment likely to produce harm.

Anyone with information involving this case is asked to contact Deputy Ryan Weber at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at 951–791–3400. Parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s social media for any suspicious activity. There are parental control applications available in the market that allow for the monitoring of social media sites by parents or guardians. This is a trusted option to assist in keeping your children safe and secure. We also encourage parents to routinely speak with their children about being responsible Internet users and online safety.

If you identify any nefarious activity, including information related to the distribution of narcotics to children, please contact WETIP (800–78-CRIME) or your local law enforcement agency.

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