NEW INFO: Students Charged After Drug Sweep

At least six high school students are in trouble with the law after a drug dog was brought in to their schools.

Beaufort County Schools say it happened Tuesday at Northside High School and Washington High School. The school system says they swept the campuses for drugs and four students were charged with drug or other violations.

The school system says the drug sweep came after questions and concerns raised by students, parents, faculty and staff at the schools.

Beaufort County deputies say their drug dog hit on a truck that was parked at Northside High School. Inside they found a small amount of pot, a marijuana smoking pipe, metal knuckles and a .22 caliber rifle. Its owner, Benjamin Brooks of Bath was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of a firearm on educational property and misdemeanor possession of a weapon on educational property. The 18-year-old Brooks was put in jail on a $5,000.00 secured bond.

The drug dog also alerted on a book bag found in a classroom. Inside they found a serrated hawk bill knife and seven empty White Owl flavored cigar tube containers. Deputies say those containers are commonly used to package or conceal drugs. Irvin Morales of Pantego was charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon on educational property. Bond for the 16-year-old was set at $2,000.

The sheriff's office late Thursday said two more Northside students were charged with misdemeanor weapons on school property. Deputies say they found knives in the vehicles of Christopher Webster and Alisha Brewer.

Washington police say two 16-year-old students at Washington High School were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Those students have been identified as Joshua Williams and Adam Manning.

The school system says another student's case remains under investigation.


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  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Mar 31, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    A little weed found by the woof-woof-okay-no big deal. Rural community that hunts-a rifle in the truck-well, maybe-still against the law. Brass knuckles-what! Now why would you want to punch somebody that hard? Remember a show where the theme song was "don't do the crime if you can't do the time..."?
  • by Pampack06 Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2010 at 11:44 PM
    The school system has nothing to do with these kids bringing weapons to school. It's the parents fault. They need some home training. Blame it on the parents, not the school system. Charity starts at home. All of them need to get a life.
  • by pirategirl Location: greenville on Mar 19, 2010 at 05:42 AM
    parent, I do agree with you in some respects about the administration but I do not think ALL the admin is to blame. They work under the principal which like you said is never there. I know they don't have the respect for her like they need to because she doesn't hold the authority like she should. I know my brother goes there and he tells me about how easy it is for the kids to do what they want when they feel like it....almost like they control the school! It's sad really....I'm a northside alumni and while I do think there were drugs then, Mr. Smith and Mrs. Hodges were good when it came to running the school smoothly. They knew how to deal with tough situations without causing a lot of commotion. I'm so thankful and blessed they were there when I was in school. I felt safe when I was there and it was because of them.
  • by hahahaha js@w.. Location: plEEz on Mar 12, 2010 at 08:31 AM
    blow? come on! that was not about a little party! and by the way, since when is it acceptable to have guns and drugs at school? ahh..NEVER. whatever you little kids want to do to ruin your lives, cuz youre so smart, and it is YOUR life, at least dont let it ruin someone elses! ps its not the smartest thing in the world to bring guns and drugs to school anyways! dont you know that they do drug sweeps? guess you do now!
  • by The judicial system @ wrk Location: newsorthy? on Mar 12, 2010 at 03:13 AM
    Yep, they got some more "hardened crimminals"!! Pot is a "gateway drug" and these boys where obviously going to turn into violent crimminals. NOW, the violent crimminals that have PROVEN how violent they are (child molesters, rapist, and the like) will "teach" these "crimminals" how to become good people. OHHH WAIT... that's right, the rapist/child molesters will already be out, if even sent to prison, while these boys will spend many wasted years and much wasted money, to keep them locked away. They have "proven" that they are not good for socitey. The PD isn't corrupt. The laws are perfect. Kill somebody, get out in 2-3 years, good behavior. Have some "pot" with "intent to distribute" and you'll be locked away for a LONG, LONG time. That way, you can "learn" how to behave. Everyone has seen blow, right?!?!
  • by Thomas Location: Bath on Mar 12, 2010 at 12:34 AM
    Man, things have sure changed in the past 35 years. Either the drug dogs they were using for this bust had head colds or there are a LOT less drugs than there were when I was in highschool. Hard to believe they didn't sniff up more than they did.
  • by you know! on Mar 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM
    i think its cute how when the cops began the search at northside, they drove and parked right in front of bowens truck. what are the odds????
  • by parent Location: northside HS on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:03 AM
    I agree with Amazed, Washington. NHS did go down after john smith and LIbby Hodges left.NHS is still a good school but the current administration does not have the respect of the students like they had for Mr. Smith and Mrs. Hodges. No matter who you were, you were treated the same. You have to earn a student's respect and I don't think the current admin. cares about that. it's just a stepping stone for her. some of the students still don't know who the principal is b/c they never see her. Can't do a good job in your office or not at school all the time.
  • by Neal Shlonson Location: Kinston on Mar 10, 2010 at 05:17 PM
  • by amazed Location: washington on Mar 10, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    When John Smith left as principle, I knew this stuff would just increase. John was hard nosed but fair. Leadership is sorely lacking as witnessed by people like "Sarah" who cannot spell or form a coherent sentence. Northsides finest?!

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