March 18, 2014

Law officers found marijuana in a Carroll High School locker on Thursday as part of a routine sweep for drugs.

A 17-year-old girl who allegedly had 4.36 grams of marijuana in her locker was charged in juvenile court with possession of a controlled substance, Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler said. The Daily Times Herald does not identify minors charged with crimes, with some exceptions.

Police officers and sheriffs' deputies used four drug-sniffing dogs to search the town's alternative school and high school starting about 9:15 a.m., Cayler said.

Students were confined to classrooms as the dogs walked the hallways and parking lots.

"If dogs alert to something, we give (school officials) the plate number of the vehicle or the locker number," said Carroll County Sheriff's Deputy Jon Cretsinger, who helped search with his K-9 Ike. "It's a good deterrent. "

Cretsinger said Ike indicated there might have been drugs in a student vehicle but none was found.

Carroll High Principal Tammie McKenzie declined to talk specifically about last week's search but said the school-wide drug searches are done randomly and not necessarily each year. School officials request the searches.

"We all want to create the safest learning environment possible," McKenzie said. "We all want the focus to be on education and preparing students for life after high school."

The search team of four K-9s included those from the Carroll, Greene and Sac county sheriffs' departments and the Harlan Police Department. Ike and the Sac County K-9 searched the East Sac County High School in Lake View that afternoon but found no drugs.

"This process is used a minimum of once per year at the high school and middle school to continue promoting a drug-free school system at East Sac County," Sheriff Ken McClure said in a press release.

(Reporter Audrey Ingram contributed to this article)