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.
NOTE: POLICE DID NOT TAKE PICTURES OF ALL OF THE STUDENTS BECAUSE SOME WERE NOT ARRESTED. WITN IS SHOWING ALL OF THE PICTURES THAT ARE AVAILABLE.