Nothing found in PHS drug sweep

PARKERSBURG – Drug dogs and police officers spent more than an hour at Parkersburg High School Wednesday morning on a drug sweep and came away empty-handed.

Parkersburg police Chief Joe Martin said no contraband was found.

“There was nothing illegal found,” he said. “It was reassuring.”

Martin said the drug sweep was conducted at the request of administrators. The chief said the sweep was set up weeks ago with Principal Pam Goots to have units come in for an inspection.

“As in the past we try to work with and cooperate as much as we can with administrators,” Martin said.

The school was placed on lockdown around 9 a.m. until about 10:30 a.m.

“It was put together and kept under the hat,” Martin said. “It’s the same thing we did last year; a routine sweep.”

Three K-9 units from the department were used in the sweep, along with units from nearby Ritchie, Jackson and Washington counties. Units were also used from Hocking County and Syracuse, Ohio.

Some K-9 units indicated the presence of drugs, Martin said.

“We went to magistrate court, got search warrants, came back and found nothing,” he said.