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K9 search leads to firearm found on campus of Highlands School

On Monday, November 15, K9 Hope and handler Master Officer Kinsland of the Highlands Police Department, and K9 Jax and handler Deputy Dereck Stamey of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office were on-campus at Highlands School to conduct a K9 sniff of the student parking areas. 

During this exercise, K9 Hope located a small amount of marijuana in a student vehicle. The school administration then requested the student to come the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle was conducted by Highlands Police officers who then located a hunting rifle and handgun in the same vehicle. The student told officers that the hunting rifle and handgun were left in the vehicle after getting back from a hunting trip over the weekend; items of hunting equipment found in the vehicle were consistent with this statement. The hunting rifle, handgun, and marijuana were seized by the Highlands Police Department. 

According to the Highlands Police Department School Resource Officer, there have been no threats or indicators of violent behavior from this student and no suspicions of violent intent. As the student is under the age of 18, the Department of Juvenile Justice was contacted and juvenile petitions have been submitted to the Juvenile Court System in this matter

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