Items were confiscated from vehicles in the parking lot of Aurora High School following a routine drug search Thursday.
No illegal drugs were found inside the school by police officers and dogs, said Superintendent Russ Bennett, who informed parents with an automated phone call. He said the dogs alerted on some vehicles in the parking lot that police then searched.
"The dogs sniff the external parts of the car, and when a dog shows interest, a search of the vehicle takes place," Bennett said. "We have found evidence of marijuana residue, called shake, and pipes and scales in cars. It is unfortunate, but if we find it now and work with the parents, maybe we can stop a crisis in the future."
Bennett declined to say how many vehicles were searched.
"We were pleased that the vast majority of the cars do not get any interest (from police dogs)," Bennett said, "but when we find drugs or paraphernalia in a car, the police and school work together to handle the issue."
Aurora High School has had one or two drug searches annually for more than four years, Bennett said.
"We all want our schools to be drug free, but we know that drugs pervade all communities, and Aurora is not immune to that," he said.
"We conduct these unannounced searches to insure our buildings and grounds are drug free."
Bennett said the search was conducted while classes remained in session.
"I trust that we all are grateful that we are vigilant in trying to keep our students healthy and alive," he said.
Aurora School Resource Officer Michelle Ice and Police Officer Chris Reiter organized the search and invited police K-9 units from throughout Portage, Summit and Cuyahoga counties including Streetsboro, East Cleveland, Canal Fulton, Cleveland's Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and four dogs from the Ohio State Parks, according to Bennett.
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