June 23, 2018
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Success: Drug sweep at Belfast High yields nothing

By Walter Griffin

BELFAST, Maine — A drug sweep of Belfast Area High School on Monday yielded just what the police were looking for. Nothing.

“It was a complete success because we couldn’t ask for anything more than finding nothing,” school resource officer Greg Stearns said Tuesday. “Our hoped-for outcome is what we got.”

Stearns said two drug detecting dogs from the Waldo and Kennebec County sheriff’s departments swept the school’s locker rooms and student lockers and did not detect even a trace of drugs. The sweep took less than an hour, he said.

The school was placed under a nonemergency lockdown that required students to be confined to their classroom during the sweep.

Stearns said officials plan to conduct random, unannounced sweeps of the school, its parking lots and outside areas on a regular basis.

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