ECSO conducts drug sweep at high school

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Staff Reports


The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit executed a drug sweep at Escambia County High School and marijuana was found inside of a student’s vehicle, school officials said recently.

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ECHS Principal Dennis Fuqua said there was only one student affected by the confiscation of the drugs.

“They found some marijuana inside of the student’s vehicle,” Fuqua said. “There was nothing inside of the school.”

The student, whose name wasn’t released because he or she is a juvenile, will be turned over to the juvenile authorities and transported to a juvenile facility in Bay Minette, Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said.

“We’ve always had a standing policy with the cooperation of the Escambia County School Board, that anytime we have an open invitation to any of the schools to come and run the dogs through,” Lambert said. “We coordinate well with the principals, and they’re the ones to call us. We do our very best to wipe out and seek out who the drug users are.

“It will not be tolerated in the county, and we’re going to do something about it,” he said.

Fuqua said he’s told his resource officer and Lambert that anytime they want to come and do a search at the school they are welcome.

“I don’t want to have a set number of times to do it in a year because it loses its effectiveness,” he said. “We have an open door campus to them. The best time to do it is when drug dogs come through and do a clean sweep, however, if we do find somebody, we follow the county code of conduct and do that to the letter so that all students are treated fairly.”