Narcotics sniffing dogs search classrooms, lockers and cars at school

High Desert State Prison K-9 Blitz and Officer Mark Martinez recently assisted multiple agencies in a narcotics sweep at Lassen High School.

Blitz and Officer Mark Martinez, with High Desert State Prison, search for narcotics at an area high school as part of a collaborative effort. Photo courtesy Lassen County Times.

Blitz and Officer Mark Martinez, with High Desert State Prison, search for narcotics at an area high school as part of a collaborative effort. Photo courtesy Lassen County Times.

On Feb. 17, Lassen County Times covered the story.

The sweep was held Feb. 12 as a “collaborative effort between the high school district’s administration, Susanville Police Department, Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, High Desert State Prison and the probation department,” the paper reported.

Blitz joined forces with Lassen County Sheriff’s K-9, Brinks.

“The animals sniffed lockers and vehicles in both the senior and junior parking lots and went into more than 10 classrooms,” the newspaper reported. “School administration cleared the students from the rooms before the dog entered.”

Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing said the dogs made hits on five lockers, one vehicle and in a classroom, but no drugs were found. According to officials, sweeps such as these help send a strong signal of the community’s zero-tolerance policy regarding narcotics.

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