October 9, 2013

Tuesday search at schools reveals no drugs

Drug-sniffing dogs scoured Logan High School, middle schools.

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — Nothing was found at Logansport high school, middle schools during a canine drug search Tuesday.

Ten dogs and their handlers in addition to 10 personnel from Logansport Police Department searched Logansport High School, Columbia Middle School and Lincoln Middle School. LPD assists other agencies when needed and other agencies assist LPD when needed in a canine drug search as well, said Mike Clark, Logansport Police Chief.

The drug search at Logansport High School and Century Career Center lasted about two hours, Clark said. The search at the middle schools took an hour each, he said.

“We were thrilled,” said Michele Starkey, Logansport Community School Corporation superintendent.

The drug search is usually done a couple of times a year, Clark said.

“We like it known we bring the dogs in because we want to keep our schools clean and drug free,” Starkey said. “It’s time-consuming and takes a lot of effort from our local law enforcement. We appreciate it.”

When there is a canine drug search, the school is on lockdown and no one is allowed inside or outside the school or parking lot. There are about 1,200 students at the high school, Starkey said.

There have been times in the past where drugs were found, Clark said. He said he was pleased nothing was found this week.

Clark mentioned that in preparation for a canine drug search it takes at least a few days to get everything together. Preparation involves making phone calls to get people from other departments to assist.

“We just need to keep efforts up to make sure we do everything we can to battle the war on drugs,” Clark said. “Every detail we do chips away at the problem.”

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or Follow her: @PharosAES.