One cited for marijuana possession after K-9 search at Stonington High

One cited for marijuana possession after K-9 search at Stonington High

The Westerly Sun


STONINGTON — An 18-year-old student is facing an infraction for possession of marijuana, the only violation discovered as the Stonington Police Department paired with other agencies to conduct a K-9 search at Stonington High School on Thursday.

Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson said the morning search, the second conducted this school year, is part of a partnership with the school district and is designed to help promote safe habits among students and improve security within the high school. The morning search, which included an open-air sniff search of both hallways and locker areas as well as the parking lot, was conducted by K-9 units with the Stonington, Westerly, Town of Groton, and East Lyme police departments. Connecticut State Police also provided manpower to assist in the effort.

“Our goal in using multiple K-9 units is to minimize the impact to the school day,” Olson said. “We were able to conduct the search without disruptions to classes or class time and were able to get in and out in about 20 minutes.”

During the search, which took place at 9:30 a.m., students were asked to remain in the classroom. Olson said there were no hits within the school itself and K-9 units found just one car in the parking lot that drew attention. Further investigation revealed that the car, which was driven by an 18-year-old student, contained a small, personal-use amount of marijuana.

The student was cooperative and was issued an infraction, police said. The case has been referred to New London Superior Court.

In addition to minimizing the impact on students, Olson said the department partners with others in the region to enhance the effectiveness of a search by allowing the dogs to focus on more defined search parameters and to provide a second dog in instances where there may be a hit. He said the team approach also serves a purpose in helping prevent fatigue as lengthy searches can affect a dog’s ability.

“Overall, we were pleased with the result of today’s effort,” Olson said.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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