June 23, 2018
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Nothing found during drug search of Rockport high school parking lots

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKPORT, Maine — As promised, Camden Hills Regional High School administrators stepped up their drug dog searches after bath salts were found in the school earlier this year.

Members of the Rockport Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were enlisted Thursday morning with two drug sniffing dogs to conduct a search of the parking lots of the high school.

No drugs were found, according to Principal Nick Ithomitis, though “here was one vehicle that both dogs ‘hit on.’

“The driver of the vehicle allowed the administration to search the vehicle,” the principal stated an email sent to parents later Thursday morning. “After a thorough search, no contraband was found. The officers noted that there could have been residue in or out of the car that the dogs detected, but they had no idea what it was or how [long] it might have been there. Since no contraband was found during the actual search, no further action against the individual was taken.”

The school will continue to conduct random searches inside the school and outside on school property throughout the year, Ithomitis said.

The search came less than two weeks after the school warned parents that it would step up drug dog searches. Last year the school made a similar pledge, but then did zero searches.

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