According to reports, a recent drug search and sweep of Ridge High School in Bernards Township resulted in only one student being detained for allegedly possessing drugs. The search reportedly occurred at the high school on Feb. 13, and involved the use of K-9 dogs, officers and checks of the parking lot as well as hallway lockers.
The 18-year-old female high school student was taken into custody after officers reportedly found a small amount of marijuana and an assortment of narcotic medications in her vehicle. Officers did not find any other drugs or narcotic pills in any other vehicle or in any of the lockers that were searched.
Community members are apparently questioning the monetary expenditure involved in the search, especially since it only produced one person who was accused of possessing drugs. The search is ony the second one conducted at area high schools, with the first occurring nearly 10 years ago at Hillsborough Township. The earlier search produced no arrests. The leader of the organized crime and narcotics task force, an assistant county prosecutor with Somerset County, defended the search. He indicated that heroin abuse is becoming an increasing problem in the area, and he stated that kids tend to fall into heroin abuse as a result of first becoming addicted to narcotic pain medications.
A drug possession charge can leave a person facing potentially serious penalties. A defendant who is 18 years old will go through the adult criminal courts rather than through the juvenile justice system. Consequently, a conviction can leave an 18-year-old with the life-changing issues an adult criminal record may bring. Those with such a conviction may have difficulty obtaining student loans, housing and jobs. People who are charged may want to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney.
Source: The Bernardsville News, "Authorities: One Ridge High School student arrested on drug charges," W. Jacob Perry, Feb. 27, 2015.