Area law enforcement conducts drug search at high school |

Area law enforcement conducts drug search at high school

Steamboat Pilot & Today

In a coordinated effort Monday afternoon, the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the Routt County, Moffat County and Summit County sheriff’s offices conducted a search of Steamboat Springs High School using narcotics canines, according to an email from SSHS Principal Kevin Taulman.

Taulman indicated in the email that the search — the first canine narcotics search conducted at the school since 2009 — involved lockers, restrooms and the parking lot. He added that the search, which began about 12:30 p.m. and continued through third period, occurred while students were in class and that no students came into contact with the narcotics canines.

In a statement sent to parents by the school, Taulman said the search was prompted by the recent rise in illegal drug activity in Routt County, adding that such searches have not occurred in the past several years due to a lack of available canine units.

Steamboat Today contacted both Steamboat Springs Police Chief Cory Christensen and Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch, but neither official provided details on the search as of press time Monday.

Both said they expected to have more information by Tuesday morning following briefings on the operation.

Christensen said the search was requested by the school district.

“The district had asked us to put together a search, so we did,” Christensen said.

At press time, the newspaper had not been told if the search turned up any illegal substances.

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