State police dogs will be used again in county schools for drug searches

September 02, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Police dogs trained to sniff out narcotics will be back in Carroll County schools for the fourth straight year, randomly scanning lockers in school buildings and vehicles in parking lots, authorities said.

With cooperation from school officials and the state's attorney, state police K-9 troopers will make unannounced sweeps at county schools, hoping the random searches will serve as a deterrent to those who would try to use or deal drugs on school property, said Robert Windsor, special investigator for the state's attorney.

Past searches have shown mixed results. For example, dogs found no drugs at East Middle School in Westminster in December, but had helped police make arrests in April 1996 at another school.

In that incident, a dog alerted police to eight vehicles at the Liberty High School parking lot. Marijuana was found in four vehicles, and two students were charged.

Student operators of the other four vehicles in which a search failed to find drugs admitted having had narcotics in their vehicles within a week before the random search, police said.

Windsor said the recent death of a 16-year-old Westminster boy from inhaling air freshener has parents worried and school and law enforcement officials more determined to keep drugs off school property.

Pub Date: 9/02/97

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