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K-9 unit discovers drugs in Clinton students bag during routine lockdown drill

By WKTV News

CLINTON, N.Y. (WKTV) A routine lockdown drill at Clinton Central School District turned into a very real arrest scene when a K-9 Unit on scene detected drugs in a student's bag.

According to the Kirkland Police Department, they, along with the Oneida County Drug Enforcement Task Force, Oneida County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit, Rome Police Department K-9 Unit, Town of Webb Police Department K-9 Unit and Town of Inlet Police Department K-9 Unit were all on hand conducting a routine "lock down" drill at the school on Thursday, December 1.

The Clinton Central School District was conducting the routine drill and school officials had requested that the School Resource Officer include law enforcement in the event.

During the drill that the numerous law enforcement officers and K-9s were present for, one of the K-9s alerted authorities to the bag of student Dino A. Russell, 17, of Clinton. School Principal Matthew Lee secured the bag and inside located a quantity of marijuana.

The marijuana was turned over to the Oneida County Drug Task Force and Russell was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. He was given an appearance ticket and scheduled to return to the Town of Kirkland Court on December 13 to answer the charges.

Officials said that in the past, law enforcement K-9 Units have been used in "lock down" drills to search for drugs, explosives and other illicit substances.

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