Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Random Sniff Clears School of Threats

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Random Sniff Clears School of Threats

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Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer

A random search for drugs and explosives at two Clay County high schools turned up nothing inside the schools -- but a stash of marijuana was found in a student's car in a parking lot.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office conducted the unannounced sweeps Tuesday morning at Clay and Middleburg high schools. Officers and two police canines searched classrooms, hallways and parking areas and the dogs sniffed around lockers as well, said Mary Justino, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

"These are totally at random . . . It's not just about drugs, but explosives. It is truly a school safety thing," she said. "The good news is that, at both schools, no drugs were found inside the schools . . . No drugs, no weapons, no guns, no explosives of any kind.

"It's fair to say that, for the most part, the school facilities came out pretty clean," Justino said. "We feel very good about it, especially about not finding any weapons of any kind. …

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