Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 27, 2003

Dogs find little in drug search at LP School

By Ryan Gueningsman

A surprise locker search was done Thursday morning at Lester Prairie schools with two trained police dogs looking for narcotics.

"We had a 16-year-old found with meth a couple weeks ago, and we also had a 12-year-old found with a pot pipe and tobacco recently," said Lester Prairie Police Chief Bob Carlson. "Enough is enough."

The Lester Prairie Police Department arranged to have officer Tim Sonnek from the Howard Lake Police Department, and Sergeant Mark Shoutz from the Glencoe Police Department, both with their trained K-9s, to come in and do a surprise search.

The dogs were taken by all the lockers with the locker doors remaining shut, and if the dogs smelled something suspicious, they scratched at the door, and it can further be searched as long as a school official is present.

No narcotics were found, although several lockers were looked through, and three bullets were found in one locker.

"The school administration is going to take care of that," Carlson said. "There was no gun or threats or anything like that."

Searches usually take place in fall and spring, or if special conditions call for it.

"We've had enough drug activity that we felt it was important to bring them in," Carlson said. "We're not afraid to share resources, and work together to get that stuff off the streets."

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