By Drew Moody

Instead of the typical Monday morning Gilmer County High School, students were "locked down" as members of the West Virginia State Police searched the facility for illegal drugs and contraband.

The search apparently lasted much of the morning, unnamed sources said.

Five troopers and two drug dogs conducted the search.

Apparently nothing illegal was discovered in the building.

When the drug dogs were taken to the parking area of the school the canines registered a positive reaction, leading to several cars that were searched.

A pipe, believed to be used to smoke marijuana, was discovered in one car. It is unknown whether marijuana was confiscated with the pipe.

That student has been suspended for 12 months.

Three others had the same fate at a Gilmer County Board of Education special meeting Tuesday night. Three additional students were expelled, bringing the total for the year to six.

Gun shells were found in one or more vehicles.

Because of provisions in the West Virginia Code stipulating a meeting will be held within one day of such an offense, it is believed the expulsions may have been connected with the drug search at the school.

All expulsion hearings are held in executive session and board members are prevented from revealing details of the incidents.

Members of the WV State Police who participated in the search were not available for comment due to their work schedule.

Local officers have previously indicated efforts to combat drug activity in Gilmer County and the surrounding areas are ongoing.

Officers maintain the illegal drug problem in the area is more significant than most people realize.

A Northview Apartment resident was recently hospitalized after an apparent overdose of methadone. Authorities said that individual is believed to be in very serious condition.

And a recent Glenville area death is being investigated due to what police said is 'suspicious' evidence in the case.

See also   wvmountainsun.com

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