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North Platte High
Two students were cited Tuesday after the North Platte High School was locked down around 9 a.m. while law officers searched for contraband using drug detection dogs.
Three drug detection dogs were led past hallway lockers and cars in the parking lot, to see if they indicated the odor of drugs, The search was planned and supervised by school officials, North Platte police spokesman Rodney Brown said.
No contraband was found inside, but as a result of the vehicle searches, an unnamed 17-year-old student and and 18-year-old student, Katrina Wright, were both cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Brown said.
The search began around 9 a.m. at the request of school officials. Students and faculty were advised to go into a informal lockdown or sometimes referred as a "Freeze", where classroom doors are locked, students are not allowed in outside hallways or commons areas, and classroom instruction goes on as normally as possible.
Five law enforcement officers conducted the search, which took about an hour, Brown said. The Broken Bow police department as well as Cheyenne and Lincoln County sheriff's officies provided canines. Brown said the dogs sniffed approximately 1,200 lockers and just under 500 parking stalls.
As a result, the working dogs "alerted" -- indicating the possible presence of drugs -- in nine lockers and seven vehicles, but the only contraband was found in two vehicles.