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Police K9s Check for Drugs at Brick Township High School

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Police K9s at Brick Township High School. (Photo: OCPO)
Police K9s at Brick Township High School. (Photo: OCPO)

As part of the ongoing battle against opiate addiction in Ocean County, drug-sniffing dogs from numerous law enforcement agencies searched Brick Township High School on Thursday.

The random searches of school property are organized by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

The sweep is typically completed in just over an hour, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. Lockers and locker rooms are swept.

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“As pointed out in the past we do not discuss our finds with media or public,” said Della Fave. “When something is found we advise the school officials and parents so that they will be aware of an issue and can take immediate corrective action. We don’t want this to become a ‘what is the worse High School’ thing.”

Interim Superintendent Thomas Gialanella, however, said at a Board of Education meeting Thursday night that no drugs were found during the search and he was proud to report the result.

“It went very smoothly, and didn’t disturb education,” Gialanella added.

The searches are conducted “to assure a Drug Free School Zone and a safe learning environment for [Ocean County] students,” said Della Fave.

The K9 Drug Detectors and handlers participating in the continuing operation were:

  • Brick Township PD Ptl. Keith Prendeville – K9 Max
  • Brick Township PD Ptl. Dan Fogarty – K9 Rigby
  • Little Egg Harbor PD Ptl. Matt Pretty – K9 Sully
  • OC Sheriff’s Officer Kevin Fennessy – K9 Stosh
  • OC Sheriff’s Officer Michael Fioretino – K9 Utah
  • Stafford Township PD Ptl. Chris Smith – K9 Ollie

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  • J W

    They find anything or not?

    • Tom Gonza

      prob not or they would hint at it.

  • African-Americans for Trump

    No drugs? I call B S on that one.
    Did they check the teachers liunge?

  • African-Americans for Trump

    Police dogs on leashes. Just like the 60s deep south.

    • Hydra Trump

      AGREE!!

  • Goodgrief

    Why so defensive? The police are protecting our youth.

    • J W

      Locking youth up in prison is the worst possible way to protect the youths from drugs. This is the definition of the school-to-prison-pipeline we are all talking about. END THE DRUG WAR.

      • Goodgrief

        Juveniles never do jail time. No way should drug laws be ignored.

      • J W

        Oh yes they do, especially when the prosecutors are so eager to charge every 13 year old as an adult because we gotta be tough on crime like Ronnie Reagan said.

      • Goodgrief

        No they don’t. You are wrong or telling a lie. You tend to make irresponsible postings.

      • J W

        I’m lying? You’re ignorant. Read it here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/11/new-jersey-juvenile-detention-minority-tried-adults

        This sort of willful blindness is what’s irresponsible. People like you put your head in the sand and let stuff like this happen and are somehow mad at me for telling the truth? Gimme a break!!!

      • Goodgrief

        That is not a legitimate news outlet it is a slanted crusade site. Your credibility is not high with some of us. Locally juveniles are not incarcerated for narcotic crimes, If you still insist they are….prove it with numbers that can be confirmed.

      • J W

        The Guardian is the second most widely read newspaper in the English speaking world. Those are real numbers. You need to get out of the paranoaic right wing delusion land. The article just ran 2 weeks ago and contained data almost exclusively about New Jersey’s juveniles in the adult criminal justice system, some of whom get life sentences. YOU DIDN’T EVEN READ IT.

    • Smokin

      Heroin is killing way too many and anyway they try to stop is well the money..

  • Hydra Trump

    Typical big government wasting time and energy!

    • Smokin

      Dont have drugs than nothing to worry about ..if it’s a minor proscute them and fine parents and community service for kids..

      • Hydra Trump

        And no drugs were found… so waste of time!

      • Smokin

        Yea not this time…keep doing unannounced searchers ..next dime!

      • Hydra Trump

        Next dime? What are you even saying? English, amigo!

  • Goodgrief

    Ocean County has had 141 overdose deaths from heroin as of Monday, according to figures provided by the prosecutor’s office. That’s up from 118 in 2015 and more than double the amount in 2012.