by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER
Aurora -- Possible marijuana was found in two cars in the Aurora High School parking lot following a Sept. 19 drug sweep by police, but no illegal drugs were discovered inside the building, police said.
Ten police dogs from various communities, including Streetsboro, Olmsted Falls and Canal Fulton, assisted Aurora police in the unannounced inspection at about 8:30 a.m.
"The dogs sniffed all the lockers," Superintendent Russ Bennett said. "They also sniffed book bags and purses. All students with book bags or purses placed them in the halls by the lockers and then the dogs sniffed them."
The dogs sniffed all the cars in the parking lot, and they alerted on something in two cars that police are continuing to analyze.
"We may have found some illegal substances [in the parking lot]," Bennett said. "I suspect the items were marijuana, but that will be determined at some point. A search commences if the dog finds greater interest in the car. If the dog finds interest, we then search the vehicle."
Aurora Police Chief Seth Riewaldt said "a small amount of a green vegetable material" was found. He said it was sent to the state crime lab, and it will take weeks for the results to return.
"I'm happy that nothing was found in the school," Bennett said. "But, to be honest, we have been working with the police on tips that have heightened my concern of what could have been in the school. We hear about parties and what is occurring at those parties, and it is frightful.
"As a district, we're trying to be proactive, but I ask the parents to be more vigilant than ever. I prefer to see young people healthy and happy versus dealing with a child or family in crisis. The school [officials] sometimes have to be the ones who seek out and deal with these issues first, and that's unfortunate."
Bennett said while he is "obviously concerned about illegal substances like marijuana and LSD, we have some strong beliefs that prescription medicine, taken from families' medicine cabinets, is also a problem. Parents need to know this and be sure they are aware of their medicines."
Riewaldt said the drug sweep at the high school "is something we try to do annually."
"We want to ensure we have a healthy and drug free environment," Bennett said. "We all know drugs are prevalent in our society, and we want to insure that we don't allow drugs into our schools. But at the same time, if we need to help a child or family, we can be supportive, as well."
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