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Sheriff’s Office Targets Students in Drug Sweep Operation

BROOKSVILLE – The Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit works tirelessly every day, combating our county’s ever-growing drug problem. Although the majority of offenders are adults, investigators have begun to target juveniles and local schools to try and deter drug use by our youth.

Yesterday, we received several emails from people asking why Nature Coast High School was on lock-down. We spoke to Eric Williams, a spokesperson with Hernando County Schools who said, “… the modified lock-down was scheduled. The Sheriff’s Office has been conducting scheduled sweeps of schools as a preventative measure.” According to Williams, a 16-year-old student was arrested at the school for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

A spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office says they will provide more information on the operation sometime today.

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  • Am I the only one that finds this whole article to be less than informative and correct? This was a training exercise for K-9 Officers which was pre-planned. This was no pop drug sweep or sting. The fact that only ONE student was arrested for illegal drugs in a school of 1300 should be applauded. This community and media need to be more truthful with themselves and the public!!!!!

    Thursday, 19 March 2015, 8:45 pm
  • I find it interesting enough to find that HCSO can go through students bags and personal belongings? I am not saying I know everything about the laws of sweeps at schools, but what makes my personal purse or backpack open to the public? Did they have a warrant? Did the students sign a contract saying it was okay to go through their personal belongings? I would like to actually know how this was conducted.
    I would feel violated and humiliated if I had a stranger going through my things (whether it’s a cop or not, still a stranger) I would also like to point out the person who is accusing people of getting a job and finding better use of our time, has the longest post on this topic. You also gave away the fact that you are a cop or have been in previous years. Nothing like a sheriff with a bad attitude telling people they are worthless and should find better ways to spend our time.

    “Everyone that is wasting some time complaining about this bust needs to get the hell off the internet and get a life, maybe a job, or a career. Something to keep your ignorance off of forums.”

    Yeah but you can’t keep ignorance off the streets now can you?

    Thursday, 19 March 2015, 12:00 pm
  • Everyone is worried about the police are doing or how their “tax paying” money is being spent. Kids should be learning in school not smoking a joint. That’s tax paying money also, let’s try and make a better society for these kids to go into shall we?

    Thursday, 19 March 2015, 11:30 am
  • They did do a sweep at springstead a few months ago. Go fight real crime instead of arresting someone for having a plant. You can call the police because your house was just robbed and it’ll take them hours to respond to your residence as for if your smoking marijuana while walking down the street and your swarmed by the entire hernando county sheriff department. Congrats you guys are some real heroes. They wouldn’t last being cops fighting real crime, they’d be on the news for shooting unharmed people nonstop coming from hernando county to a real crime area. Don’t panic.

    Thursday, 19 March 2015, 8:34 am
  • They should do this for shs. Probably most of the school would be arrested.

    Thursday, 19 March 2015, 6:40 am
  • Cops can find harmless weed smokers, but cant find missing people, REAL CRIMINALS, or any REAL threats to our society. What a JOKE. Yall are pathetic supporting this.

    Thursday, 19 March 2015, 6:30 am
    • amen

      Thursday, 19 March 2015, 8:13 am
  • If they want to stop the drug flow they should start at the top. I don’t think a high school student has enough money and resouces to import a boat load of drugs from Bogata or any where else. But I know that those who sit in “High Places” do. Cut that off and that will eliminate the trickle down results such as street drugs, schools, etc.

    Thursday, 19 March 2015, 5:52 am
  • I sure do wish this column had a like button

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 11:49 pm
    • LIKE! And a DISLIKE one as well!

      Thursday, 19 March 2015, 11:23 am

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 9:57 pm
  • I’m a student at NCT and I can tell you that you could just be walking in the school and point out 10 different people that “wake and bake” before hand! They then act like idiots the rest of the day! It’s a law so therefore go by it! When it’s legal then by all means do what you want! They didn’t send 10 K-9 units to our school for 1 student! They checked everyone’s bag and although many of the everyday “pot heads” didn’t get caught karma will get them and hopefully this will teach them a lesson!

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 9:44 pm
  • Its understandable!!! For all yall people that say marijuana is so dangerous put your alcoholic drink down and go do some research on whats more dangerous. For the perfect people on here. Remember dont drink and drive its very very dangerous and theres kids that play in the road and someone could get hurt.:-)

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 9:34 pm
  • Dumbass kid, should have left his stash at home. The sweeps are OK with me…keeps them from bringing guns and knives…thats thre real danger at school, not a little MJ.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 9:12 pm
  • The sweeps are done at all the high schools. Students should not, under any circumstances, have drugs of any kind. Some say that marijuana will be legal in the U.S. by the time they are 30? Well, it still won’t be legal for school age children. Marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes are all illegal for kids to possess or consume. Teachers are evaluated on how much students learn. How much do you think a kid high on pot is learning each day? Teachers spend upward of 60 hours a week developing lesson plans, grading papers, calling parents when kids are failing, etc. Their pay depends on that child learning. How do I know this? I am a teacher, a mother of five, and a grandmother of six. The only people who should have pot are those who will truly benefit from it medically. It should NEVER be a recreational drug. Too much is at stake.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 8:08 pm
    • But alcohol is ok to be used recreationally? It does more damage to your body then marijuana could ever do

      Thursday, 19 March 2015, 8:16 am
  • Good job…if it is illegal…arreste them… what is wrong with some of you people on here…grow up

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 7:19 pm
  • Um. Nature Coast wasn’t targeted. The HCSO does this sweep on an annual basis at middle and high schools.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 7:09 pm
  • this if from a kid experienced drug arrests only 16 marijuana has positive and “negative” effects, negative used lightly for the reason that its all in who uses it correct fly and isn’t trying to grow there drug experience other drugs are what they need to worry about only excuses block the path of progression for legal bud all across the us its up to us youth to make our own route they are drug users from your generation who will always use they are kids in my generation who will continue to use all you can do is minimize the amount of users, the drugs war on drugs will be the longest in history you guys just need to focus efforts somewhere great and let it go its course

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 7:03 pm
  • I Agree & Disagree with this, I’m not a fan of any Drugs. But common its like you cant do anything in this world any more you cant go camping it cost money. you can go fishing you gotta have a licence and it cost money you cant go trail riding because its all privet property kids today cant do anything besides go to work smoke some green and play video games. the rules and laws we go by today are ridiculous. I agree %110 With Gail it is Such BS. we use All the resources used sending multiple cops, dogs and crap to arrest one kid!!! with pot!!?!?!? GREAT use of tax dollars…they are not out to protect & serve but arrest & hassle. Go after some REAL crime <—————WORDS OF THE WISE!!

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 5:53 pm
  • Great job Hcso kids should be kids learn and have fun but do it with out alcohol or drugs…kids should be kids not alcoholic or drug use if they’re going to carry it to school illegally then they should be arrested.!!!!!!!!!!!….

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 5:30 pm
  • I find it funny for some you complaining about hcso doing a search and that it’s a waste of money. Searching and doing sweeps IS their job. That’s part of what the public pays for. If you don’t want them enforcing the laws and doing these searches then please don’t call 911 when you want them to enforce some other law like you getting assaulted or robbed. Either let them enforce ALL the laws or don’t bother them when you need the ones you choose to have enforced have to be responded to.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 4:36 pm
  • Crashes and drugs,that’s all the news I ever see here,yes it’s news,but is there any Good News ever in our

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 4:29 pm
  • OK I’m Pro-Marijuana (completely legalize it), but no kids under 21 should have it (even if it was legal). No, it’s not dangerous or a gateway drug, but I certainly don’t want my kid using it or alcohol or any other drugs. I am also all for random sweeps of the schools. Anyway that keeps our schools safer for our kids I support completely. Once they are adults, they can decide for themselves. Until then, they need to concentrate on getting an education and deciding what they want to do with their lives.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 4:04 pm
  • Get drugs out of schools. If you promote drugs and have a negative opinion about cops doing their jobs then go find something else to do with your time. Thank you Hernando county and all the K-9s for finding it and getting that out of the schools

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 3:48 pm
  • What all of you people who are against what the cops did, don’t realize, is that Marijuana is a gateway drug. It will lead to harder, more addicting drugs! That’s why they try to get kids to realize that Marijuana is extremely negative!
    -NCT Student

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 3:18 pm
    • You realize that there is multiple article’s proving that marijuana is not a gateway drug? I am sure you read some of them before posting this ignorant comment.

      Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 3:27 pm
    • Also, realize that 90% of teens try alcohol before trying marijuana, so now tell me what the real gateway drug is.

      Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 7:17 pm
  • They used to do this routinely when I was in high school at Hernando high, they would walk the dogs through the locker halls while we were in class and that was the extent of it. It wasn’t a big deal and war never a distraction (unless there was something in your locker)

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 3:03 pm
  • Good job HCSO. Let this be the first of many.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:58 pm
  • Realist Jones, very WELL said!!!

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:40 pm
    • why warn them ahead of time??? doesn’t that defeat the puopose.

      Saturday, 21 March 2015, 5:59 am
  • Everyone that is wasting some time complaining about this bust needs to get the hell off the internet and get a life, maybe a job, or a career. Something to keep your ignorance off of forums. It was a scheduled lockdown, scheduled sweep, we do them all the time. Every once and a while they result in arrests. It is supposed to act as a deterrent to keep kids from using. We don’t give a damn what the effects of Marijuana are, or what your opinion is about marijuana. This was a DRUG sweep. Not a MARIJUANA sweep. The result was the discovery of marijuana, and an arrest.
    No Matter what any of your opinions are, marijuana is still currently illegal along with the rest of the drug market. All of you have the right to vote and change the laws, and none of you are doing such. Until the laws are amended, possession of marijuana and other drugs calls for arrest, and as such arrests will be made. Be realistic, Laws are Laws, and if your opinions are its ok to break those laws, then I feel sorry for your future bloodline. You do not have the right to bitch, Because you have the right to vote.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:30 pm
  • Ya the world is a better place now that Johnny is off the streets that blunt might kill someone some day…..

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:22 pm
  • Everyone’s missing the big picture its the principal behind it its still a law and distracting and I.can tell you they only caught 1 kid because they all kneq about the search I.know for a fact that school has a drug problem like most here point is not that its weed its a law and our kids need to follow them now or it will lead to bigger issues in the future

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:12 pm
  • Amen….. way to go hernando County Sheriff’s Office!!!!! ABSOLUTELY no one is above the law…

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:12 pm
  • I am pro-mary jane and even voted for it to be MEDICALLY legal this time around. But that does not change the fact that it will NEVER be legal to children under the age of 21 and certainly not in school. Laws are put in place for our protection and until it is changed the law is the law. Also, Pope if I moved to Canada I wouldn’t be around to save your dumbutt some day.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:11 pm
    • thank you Earl, But you just can’t reach some people The Law is the Law. Just this 1 arrest MAY stop 10 other kids from bringing pot to school.

      Saturday, 21 March 2015, 5:55 am
  • This is some bullshit. I feel bad for these kids.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:05 pm
  • Good Job Hernando County Sheriff! Keep up the good work, Deterring kids from taking the next step to harder, more dangerous drugs. I’m sure the kid won’t be in much trouble. NOW, this gives his parents a chance to intervene.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:01 pm
  • If it is illegal now then yes arrest arrest arrest!!!! Cigarettes and alcohol also! I have no problem with school sweeps not even elementary schools. We need our men and women in uniform to do their job and protect the community. If we can stop crime where it begins then lets do it. The laws are there for a reason. and we pay them to uphold the law.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:34 pm
  • Earl, please move to Canada. Do us all a favor. Thanks!

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:27 pm
  • Why are people so stupid as to take drugs illegally in the first place, Don’t they know that they can overdose and die, But I guess that they think that that only happens to other people, Well then if that’s what they think then the sooner that they check out the better..,

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:26 pm
  • You are all aware that marijuana will be legal in the entire US before these kids turn 30, right? Why not arrest the kids with cigarettes, too? I can’t believe there was no tobacco on that campus if there was marijuanna. **Time to train those hounds to sniff out Tylenol, Chapstick, sunscreen and tobacco! Let’s put these little criminals where they belong!** (end sarcasm) Hernando should team up with Citrus. Bunch of idiots wasting time and money.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:24 pm
  • Lisa, so both of you are wrong.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:23 pm
  • I would have to agree with Gail on that one.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:09 pm
  • We are paying the HCSO anyways. We don’t pay them on a per case basis so at least they are making their money. Beside we will never know the effects the one arrest has made. Sometimes looking beyond the end of our noses is best. If you can look just outside your 18″ personal space you might just see that there are more in this county than yourself and we wont our HCSO protecting and serving.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:05 pm
  • Gail you obviously dont care about the youth. You missed the bigger picture stop worrying about money and start worrying about the future of these kids.

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 12:59 pm
    • Tell me what marijuana is doing to these kids? I’d like to know? -.-

      Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:03 pm
      • putting them in jail. The law is the law. What if it was your kid that got hurt because some one’s judgement was impaired by pot. Would you still be saying that????

        Saturday, 21 March 2015, 5:50 am
  • Such BS. o let me get this right. All the resources used sending multiple cops, dogs and crap to arest 1 kid with pot. GREAT use of tax dollars…NOT. Punk ass police dept. I lived in SH for 33 yrs and have negative experience with the cops there as they are not out to protect & serve but arrest & hassle. Go ater some REAL crime

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 12:49 pm
    • sounds as you yourself have a nice arrest record

      Thursday, 19 March 2015, 4:39 pm
    • thats B.S.

      Saturday, 21 March 2015, 5:51 am

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