Drug sweep conducted at Atholton

March 29, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

Responding to school officials' continued requests to keep drugs out of schools, Howard County police officers and three police dogs searched lockers and cars at Atholton High School yesterday, seizing a small amount of suspected marijuana, a police spokesman said.

No one was arrested in the three-hour drug sweep, the second at a Howard County school this week. Wednesday, county police and dogs searched lockers and cars at Glenelg High School, confiscating a small amount of suspected marijuana.

Sgt. Steven Keller, a county police spokesman, said such raids -- another of which took place at Howard High earlier in the school year -- are conducted at the request of the schools and the Department of Education.

In yesterday's raid, the three dogs and 11 officers from the Police Department's special operations, canine and vice and narcotics divisions searched lockers in the west Columbia school from 9 a.m. to noon.

No drugs were found in the lockers.

On the parking lot, however, the dogs led police to five cars, two of which contained small amounts of suspected marijuana, the police spokesman said.

Police took no students into custody, but the administration has authority to take action against any students in whose cars drugs were found.

Pub Date: 3/29/96

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