'Fight Club' smart phones reveal more charges

Val Verde County Sheriff's deputies make additional arrests in the Fight Club involving Del Rio High School students

More arrests have been made, related to an alleged Fight Club in Del Rio, Texas.

Several adults have now been caught up in the organized fights, which Val Verde County deputies say involved Del Rio High School students from earlier this month.

“What started out with some students thinking they were just going to fight; they ended up being part of something bigger,” said Superintendent Dr. Carlos Rios with the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District.

The Del Rio News-Herald reported Wednesday sheriff deputies arrested five adults on narcotics charges, one adult for deadly conduct, and one for both charges including an additional charge of tampering with evidence.

“Some of those students, they (Val Verde Sheriff’s Office) uncovered, were selling drugs.” Rios added.

News of the latest arrests came early this week after deputies analyzed the cell phones of the thirteen Del Rio High School students allegedly involved in the off-campus fight club.

Messages and videos on the phones connected deputies to some ex-students who are now adults, along with the evidence of drugs.

Because of the arrests and charges, school officials say six current students have been forced to stop extra-curricular sports and other fine arts club activities.

Rios said, “Unfortunately some good kids have made the wrong decision to be there and got caught up in all this.”

The superintendent says the school district is working not only with those students, but also continuing to cooperate with the sheriff’s investigation.

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