BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - In the first K-9 drug sweep at Ridge High School, four drug-sniffing dogs checked portions of the interior of the high school, targeting main hallway lockers, a large study hall and the student parking lot on Friday, police said in a press release.
The sweep was supported by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and K-9 teams from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Warren Township Police Department and the New Jersey State Police. "The Board of Education and the Bernards Township Police Department extend the sincerest gratitude to all of these assisting agencies whose support made this operation possible,'' police said in the press release. "The objective of this operation was to deter students from bringing controlled dangerous substances to the school and to impress the message of law enforcement and the Board of Education’s stance on zero-tolerance on illegal drugs and drug abuse. The Bernards Township Board of Education will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and utilize every resource to ensure that Bernards Township remains a drug-free school and deters future contraband.''
"K-9 teams checked portions of the interior of the high school, targeting main hallway lockers, a large study hall, and the student parking lot after the administration placed the building into “shelter in place.” No classrooms were entered and teachers were allowed to continue their instruction. The “shelter in place” lasted approximately 2 hours. As a result, one arrest was made for possession of a controlled dangerous substance."
Allegedly, police found 50 grams of marijuana and prescription pills in a car of a student after obtaining a search warrant for a student's vehicle and one student was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS).
No further information was provided about the arrest.
K9 Onyx is a two year old German Shepherd, who attended the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K9 Academy Patrol School from September 2013 to January 2014, and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics School from February 2014 to April 2014, completing over 1,080 hours of training.
Onyx is assigned to Officer Bryan Horst who has been employed with the Warren Twp. Police Department since 2003 and is the department’s first K9 handler.
K9 Onyx was purchased by the Warren Twp. Honorary P.B.A. from Birkenhof Kennels of Derby, Connecticut. Onyx became a member of the Warren Twp. Police Department in August 2013.
Woodland School third grade students are currently fundraising for a camera for Onyx.
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