Drug Search Yields 4 Student Arrests 

Drug Search Yields 4 Student Arrests 
Posted by FoM on February 18, 2000 at 10:24:44 PT
By Chris Frink, Westside Bureau
Source: The Advocate Online
Pointe Coupee Parish sheriff’s deputies cited four Pointe Coupee Central High School students for marijuana possession after a search of all students Thursday morning.One, a 16-year-old juvenile, carried eight small "dime" bags of the drug stashed in a metal box, said Detective Ricky Jarreau. The search of students and vehicles also turned up one knife, a handful of live ammunition, pagers and cell phones, he said.
Public schools Superintendent Michael Mandell called the search a "fishing expedition" at a mid-sized school with a high number of "disadvantaged" students.A phalanx of 20 deputies, State Police troopers and a team of dog handlers from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola met students as they arrived, Jarreau said. State Police and deputies also brought drug-sniffing dogs to the school.After students were held up after leaving their buses, the dogs sniffed their way through rows of book bags and lines of parked cars, Jarreau said. Dogs and deputies also searched the empty school buildings, he said."We had good cooperation from the school officials and the principal. We had no disciplinary problems or back talk from the kids," Jarreau said. Students were "excited" about watching the dogs work, he said.Deputies cited two 17-year-olds from New Roads for possession of marijuana when one of the trained dogs responded to the scent of the drug around them, and a search turned up on $40 bag, Jarreau said. Cited were Jerald Wayne Lathers, 122 Cherry St., and Joshua Campbell, 8732 Dolph St., he said.A 15-year-old was cited for simple possession after deputies found a $40 bag of marijuana, Jarreau said.The search came after someone tipped deputies that a student was seen using a cell phone about the same time recent bomb threats against the school were called in to the parish 911 emergency office, he said,An informant also said some students would have marijuana on campus Thursday, Jarreau said.The warrant that 18th Judicial District Judge Robin Free signed Wednesday afternoon authorized law enforcement officers to conduct searches at the school for everything from drugs and cell phones to weapons and evidence "to the crimes of terrorism."Superintendent Mandell complained Thursday that deputies did not do enough to contact him or school officials the day before the search. "As a matter of courtesy, the school administration should have been informed," he said. "I’m in the phone book and I was at work until 6 p.m."The search targeting some 900 students turned up just four individuals accused of possessing drugs and one knife, Mandell said. "I’m gratified that very little contraband was found in the student body."New Roadscomments about our site - comments Published: February 18, 2000Copyright © 2000, The Advocate, Capital City Press.CannabisNews Articles On Drug Searches:
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