Undercover probe in suburban school generates police raid during lockdown. More student arrests expected.
 
 
 
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By TOM MURSE and CINDY STAUFFER, Staff Writer
Police nabbed at least four students as part of a significant undercover drug sting at Manheim Township High School this morning, police and school officials said.
A police car parked outside Manheim Township High School during today's drug bust.
 
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"We've taken four people into custody as a result of an undercover drug investigation," said Manheim Township Police Sgt. Tom Rudzinski. "We plan on taking some more into custody."

District spokeswoman Marcie Brody said all four attended the school, but she would not say what grade they are in.

"I can confirm the township police department did leave the building with four students," she said.

Rudzinski declined to say what type of drugs, if any, had been found or how long the investigation had been going on. He said the four had been taken into custody but had not been charged as of press time late this morning.
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"Drug problems are everywhere," Superintendent Gene Freeman said today. "I've worked in three different school districts, and these things happen."

"We are working in conjunction with the township police department to make a safe and secure environment for all of our students," he added.

The busts occurred as police and drug-sniffing dogs moved through the high school in a separate sweep of lockers that forced students to stay in their classrooms for about an hour and 20 minutes, Rudzinski said.

Freeman commended staff and students for their actions today during the arrests and sweep, saying everything happened in an orderly way.

"We're back to a normal day," he said at about 11 a.m., about 30 minutes after students resumed their regular class schedules. "Everything is going normally."

Township police swept into the high school, on School Lane in Neffsville, after students entered their second-period classes shortly after 8:30 this morning. The sweep was planned months ago, Freeman said.

"It's been part of school board policy that we can do random searches of lockers and district property," Brody said. "This was just a routine procedure we decided to enact today."

Freeman said he didn't know anything about the undercover drug investigation.

A source inside the high school said the building was on virtual lockdown during the sweep as teachers instructed students entering their second-period classrooms that they would not be able to leave until further notice.

During the lockdown, township police entered the high school with drug-sniffing dogs and walked them by lockers throughout the building.

Several students were called to the high school office during the sweep, according to two students.

All students were permitted to leave their classrooms at about 9:55 a.m., when the sweep was over.

Brody said such drug sweeps are rare - apparently none have been done in at least three years, said one student. But they are designed to keep students safe, Brody said.

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LYNDELOU
Jan. 29, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Glad they got BUSTED !!!! Makes me happy ....!!!!

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AnnaIam
Jan. 29, 2009 at 11:15 PM

ME TOO!  We have 5 kids in this school district - 4 of them in High School!  I was just reading through the reply's to the article and OMG some were saying that it's not right what they did....how is it not right?  It's fair there is a zero drug and alcohol tolerance supposed to be enforced on all school property!  They were complaining saying it wasn't fair for them to do it lock down style and not tell the kids..oh what the kids should have been warned before the search?  They didn't go through any kid's locker's w/out the kids present..and actually I believe the kids had to take their things out and put them back infront of the police!  The dogs sniffed to find the drugs and when the dogs stopped that's who they would call down...

Now evidently a dog did stop at one students locker..only to find an old smelly lunch / sandwich LOL kind of funny and I'm sure the kid was scared and worried why he /she was having to go through this, but at the sametime I'm sure the kid has a sense of humar and found the funniness of that happing...I know my 16 yr old sure thought that was funny!

Iknow for fact the drugs are thick in this school...and it's not just street drugs...perscription drugs are very thick...i believe these kids are getting anywhere from $5.00 - $20.00 per Vicodine pill and that's just one type of pill that's being sold...but according to my kids...the "popular drugs" here are vicodine and pot!!

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Lb128f
Jan. 29, 2009 at 11:26 PM

Geesh, scary!

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krist...
Jan. 30, 2009 at 12:42 PM

The prescription drugs are bad here also. I'm not afraid of some pot. Seriously, it's probably safer than smoking a cigarette!! But the scripts are way out of control because doctors will write them out to anyone and everyone!! Honestly, at least they didn't find heroin or crack or ex!

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Erin333
Jan. 30, 2009 at 4:37 PM

That's why our kids don't go to public school! It freaks me out!! Hubby went on a call where a 4th grader brought marijuana to school and when he asked him what he was going to do with it, the boy said, "smoke it!" A 4th grader!!!!

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AnnaIam
Jan. 30, 2009 at 8:07 PM

I can't help but wonder just how many kids had the drugs on them rather then in he locker's!  With the kids all locked in classroom, if they had drugs on them...the dogs were not sniffing out drugs except in Locker area's!

oh yea, it starts at very young age's with kids!  My mom is a Drugh And Alcohol program director & counslour in a rehab center for kids with addiction and mental health...the kids that come to her program are teen's but most of the kids have been using some type of drug and or alcohol since elamentry age!!  It's scarey!

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