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UPDATED: Canine Drug Search at Amity High

Police conduct a search of lockers and parking areas.

This morning, the Woodbridge Police Department coordinated a canine search for narcotics at the Amity Regional High School located at 25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge. This action was requested and authorized by Amity Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Brady.

This detail involved school administrators, personnel from the Woodbridge Police Department and the Statewide Narcotics Task Force, and utilized canine services from the Milford, New Haven, and Stratford police departments.

The school was placed in an “internal lockdown” status by school administrators at approximately 9:45 AM and consisted of searches of both the interior locker areas of the school, as well as the outside parking lots, however pursuant to Amity Board of Education policy no students were searched.

The detail concluded at approximately 11:25 AM. No arrests were made as of this time, but police investigations continue. This was the first search of this type at the school, and the Woodbridge Police Dept. looks forward to a continuing collaboration of efforts with the Amity school administration in the future. 

Supt. John Brady spoke to Patch after some of the K9s and handlers departed, but officers whom we photographed in the upper parking lot had not yet completed searching the student's cars.

Brady had already declared that the school lockers and facility were free of illicit drugs when the drug sniffing dog alerted his partner to a car where they later found marijuana, a digital scale, an untold amount of cash and packaging materials.

An 18-year-old Bethany resident was arrested, and Brady quickly shot off an e-mail telling us so. "I wanted to let you know that I was informed that one of the dogs alerted on a car that was later searched and found to contain marijuana, a scale and baggies," he wrote.

Students said a second arrest also is expected, but that student was away on a field trip when the dog alerted to his vehicle. Police have not yet confirmed those reports.

As we spoke to Brady, we noticed a piece of colored paper taped to a second-story window, that read "Go Away."  It seems that some of the students had their fill of the police attention for the day.

 

Maureen Lillis April 29, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Dear God, I dread these years! Can we say SHA or Lauralton Hall?
mary dunn April 30, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Is anywhere safe?
Terri Miles April 30, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Sorry about the wind noises on the video, I tried to surround the mike with my hand, but the wind was too much.
Lisa April 30, 2011 at 01:29 AM
This type of problem is really not that new - drugs were prevalent at AHS when my husband attended 30 years ago, as well as in most high schools. My own high school had an undercover narcotics officer back in the early 1980's. The most important thing is that parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing at all times. Now more than ever, we must be parents, and not be our child's friend, no matter how difficult or painful it may be.
Gmoney April 30, 2011 at 04:33 AM
Teaching the American Youth to grow up in a Police State. You have no rights, you are not free, we Control you. This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. TLO vs. New Jersey is unconstitutional. I went to Amity a decade ago; same drugs, same social scene, & most everyone ends up a normal productive American human being, after a healthy amount of drug experimentation.
Sue Ellen April 30, 2011 at 03:45 PM
The kids did have notice...for two weeks it was announced that they could be bringing in the drug dogs so kids would not be frightened with the lock down! Really?!More than enough time to clean out your locker and car - no? Monday is election day for Bethany, Woodbridge and Orange - call your Bd of Ed members and ask how they feel on the drug subject. Link of members below: http://www.amityregion5.org/District_Page/Full_Board/BOE_Members/boe_members.shtml My understanding is that most of the board believes that it is just prescription drug use and not pot, heroin and crack - really?! I urge citizens of these towns to call their board of ed reps - Bill Blake is the Chairman - Bethany and ask them the hard questions of what they are doing as a board on this situation.
linda semones May 02, 2011 at 06:09 PM
No where is safe. Private schools have as much if not more drug use
Broshinsky May 03, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Nice Video! No drugs were found...oh yeah, except for the kid in front of the school. Who beleives Dr. Brady? Oh yeah, the AMITY BOE......everyone else should review what he is saying and decide after looking at the rest of the story.
Mister Jones May 11, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Well, a search conducted in accordance with the T.L.O. case is constitutional because the Supreme Court said so, even if the majority of the justices were wrong. I agree with the dissenters. However I am not convinced that these sweeps were legal under T.L.O. And I agree with you that this is the wrong way to educate our kids.

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