VIA THE CAPE COD TIMES ONLINE
November 02, 2011
SANDWICH – Police and eight K-9 units sniffed out an unspecified quantity of drugs during a sweep at Sandwich High School Tuesday morning, police and school officials said.
The police dogs – loaned out from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department and other area departments – found most of the drugs in cars in the school parking lot, save for an “insignificant” discovery inside the school that could have been there awhile, officials said.
No arrests were made, but discipline and criminal charges could be forthcoming, school Supt. Charles “Richard” Canfield said. He had no specifics on how many student vehicles were involved but said school officials will work with police to determine the extent of punishment.
“It’s important for (students) to know that we are diligent,” Canfield said. “Clearly, it would be our hope that no student be involved in drugs, but it needs to stay out of the schools.”
School officials requested the search, and it was organized by school resource officer Christa Cabral, Sandwich Police Chief Peter Wack said.
Neither Wack nor Canfield could say exactly what types of drugs were found because they were not directly involved in the search and seizures. Detectives are still reviewing the evidence seized.
During the search of the high school, students were kept in their classrooms and delayed switching classes, but the disruption to the school day was minimal, he said.
Canfield said random searches are part of the school district’s protocol for keeping drugs off campus.
“In a high school of more than 1,000 students, we were pretty pleased” with the results of the search, he said. “We were happy that the high school was clean.”
Since he arrived in July, he has been holding monthly meetings with police and fire officials to talk about student issues inside and outside school.
“Our interest in a student’s well-being doesn’t end at the end of the school day,” he said.
It’s still possible that criminal charges could be filed against students, Wack said. Detectives are going through the evidence seized during the sweep, he said.