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Contraband found in LCHS sweep

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Leesburg, GA (WALB) –  Drug dogs and law enforcers from three counties checked four Lee County schools for drugs and weapons Thursday morning.

The sweep turned up drugs, liquor, and a knife.  Authorities say they're relieved they found only a small amount of illegal drugs but say they will not tolerate any.

Lee County authorities brought in seven drug dogs and more than a dozen cops from Sumter and  Dougherty County to help with the sweep of the High School, middle school, ninth grade academy, and alternative school.

They wanted to send a clear message to the students.

The drug dogs spread around the parking lot and halls of Lee County High School about 9:00AM as the schools were put in code yellow status, meaning the doors were locked and the students restricted to their classrooms during the search.

"Hearing about those other things going on in the schools, and thought we needed to check into it.  And we were hoping for the best," Lee Co. Sheriff Reggie Rachals said.

"We are always going to act proactively, to try and make sure our students and staff are safe and secure," said Lee County High Principal Kevin Dowling.

A cooler full of beer and liquor was found in one car in the high school parking lot. With spring break just two days away, officers are glad they don't have to worry about students drinking it and then driving.

They found less than an ounce of marijuana in one car, and an 18-year-old female student was arrested for drug possession.

"The temptation is out there for them. But if they bring drugs or alcohol to school, they gonna get caught.  The main thing is the deterrent to keep them from doing this," said Leesburg Police Chief Charles Moore.

School officials and Officers say students sent text messages to other students and schools to warn them about the raids, but the sweep was so quick, with so many drug dogs they had no time to hide.

"There is a lot of them out here that do use drugs, and we're trying to keep a hand on it," Rachals said.

And Lee County  school officials and law enforcement sent out a clear message to the students with the operation.

"They know we love them, but they know at the same time we expect them to keep this place secure, and free of any type of thing that would do damage or harm to any of our students," Dowling said.

School and law enforcement officials said that they might conduct raids like this more often, to make sure students do not bring drugs to school.

All the cars that the drug dogs pointed to were searched by officers.  The students found with drugs, alcohol, or weapons will have to go before a student tribunal hearing.


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