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Charges for New Jersey student after school drug sweep

Police conducting a drug sweep at a New Jersey high school took an 18-year-old student into custody after finding narcotic pills and marijuana in the woman's vehicle. According to reports, a K-9 unit had detected the presence of drugs, and police then obtained a search warrant to search the woman's vehicle.

Police carried out the sweep after it was requested by the board of education in Bernards Township. Although such sweeps have occurred at other high schools, the chief of police said it was the first time one had been done in the township in the 27 years since he became chief. Officers say that it was not necessary to obtain a warrant for the initial sweep that included the school parking lot, lockers and a study hall.

School officials say the sweep was intended to discourage students from bringing controlled substances onto school grounds. It is part of a program to reduce drug abuse among students that includes the opportunity for students to submit to voluntary drug testing. Some schools also drug test students in exchange for certain privileges or participation in extracurricular activities.

An individual who is facing a drug charge like the student in this case may want to speak with an attorney. One suggestion an attorney might make is working out a plea bargain with the prosecution. The case does not go to trial in a plea bargain. Instead, the individual pleads guilty, and this is often to fewer or lesser charges that carry lighter penalties.

Another strategy might involve trying to have the case dismissed. Some drug cases might have procedural problems such as errors in obtaining the search warrant or in observing the individual's rights. These types of errors may lead to a dismissal of charges. Source: NJ.com, "Student arrested in K-9 drug sweep at N.J. high school after dog finds pot and pill in a car," Alex Napoliello, Feb. 25, 2015

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