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Narcotics dogs search for contraband at WHS

In keeping with their pledge to work closely together to protect county youth, the Wakulla County School District and Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office joined forces and conducted a narcotics search at Wakulla High School Friday, May 24.

 

The search was the first of several that will take place during the coming months to eliminate illegal narcotics on the high school campus. The search was unannounced and took place toward the beginning of the school day.

“We have had outstanding cooperation between the Wakulla County School District and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office,” said Superintendent Bobby Pearce. “We will do whatever we can to keep our students safe and free from the dangers of illegal activity.”

“We are going to be joined at the hip with our partnership with the school district,” said Sheriff Charlie Creel. “We will do whatever it takes to eradicate drugs in our schools.”
The narcotics dogs searched the school parking lots and were also deployed inside the building. Once inside the building they searched the hallways and lockers in an effort to find contraband. The locker rooms were also cleared. The searches were conducted while students were inside their classrooms and students were not exposed to the law enforcement officers or the narcotics animals.
Drug paraphernalia was discovered by a dog and seized in the student parking lot and small amount marijuana was seized in a planting near the gymnasium. The narcotics were confiscated.

In an off campus search, narcotics was discovered inside a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old student. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A second arrest is pending against another student who acquired narcotics from the 16-year-old. “We are serious when we say we are going to be proactive in keeping illegal narcotics off our school campuses,” Sheriff Creel added.

Several WCSO divisions were involved in the operation including the school resource officer, Youth and Community Services, Narcotics and the Criminal Investigations Division.

 

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