San Diego police have arrested a 48-year-old mother who is suspected of supplying drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes to high school students.
Kimberly Quach is accused of running a network of teenaged dealers who sold drugs to other students in the La Jolla and Carmel Valley area.
Her $1.3 million home in Carmel Valley was known as a party spot where teens could get pot, booze, and pills.
Included in the investigation is Cathedral Catholic High School where Quach’s eldest daughter is a senior. “It is known at the school that if you need anything, you can have Quach buy it for you,” said one investigator.
Other area high schools might be targeted in the investigation.
Quach was arrested on Sept. 28 and charged with 37 counts including employing a minor to sell or carry marijuana, furnishing marijuana to a minor over the age of 14, child abuse, theft by false impersonation, and selling or providing a minor with both Suboxone and Alprazolam (Xanax), and other charges.
San Diego police began the investigation after parents found Suboxone pills in their daughter’s room. Suboxone is a pain reliever also used to combat opioid addiction. The parents checked their daughter’s phone and found text messages in which the child asked for pain medication. One of Quach’s two children was a friend of the teen who sought the drugs.
A search warrant affidavit filed Oct. 3 by San Diego police investigators alleges that Quach showed one teenager how to sell drugs, and that the teen collected customer money in cash and through online payments. The teen admits to making about 10 sales.
Upon executing the warrant, police said they found drying pot plants, planters, and grow lights in the four-bedroom, three-bath home on Astor Place where Quach lives with her fiancé and two children.
The house was the site of frequent loud parties, according to neighbors, with lots of teenagers coming and going, and a lot of vehicular traffic. It seems the police found a list of students who were to be invited to a party, and are investigating those students first.
Cathedral Catholic High School sent a letter to the parents of children on the invitation list. The letter read, in part:
“Recently, the parent of a CCHS student was arrested and charged with the sale and possession of illegal drugs and other controlled substances. The investigation that triggered that arrest is ongoing and affects Cathedral Catholic and other high schools in the area.
“As part of that effort, San Diego Police and the District Attorney’s Office are directly contacting a number of CCHS families to ask for their help. Officers working the case believe there are CCHS students who may be witnesses or who may have information that would assist their them.”
“I think it’s really sad and it breaks my heart that any adult would sell drugs to a child,” said Tene Williams.
Williams is one of the Cathedral parents who received the letter from the school last Friday.
Quach has pleaded not guilty and remains in jail at the Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee on $200,000 bail.
This is not the first time the San Diego State University graduate and mother of two has been arrested. In 2015 Quach pleaded guilty to writing bad checks and stealing more than $950 from an old high school friend. The charges were reduced to misdemeanors.
In a final ironic twist, Quach serves as vice president of a nonprofit foundation, the Andy Paul Sanchez Foundation that raises money for at-risk students.