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K-9 units search schools for drugs

Superior Police Officer Todd Maas, center, leads his dog, Blek, into the Superior High School on Monday afternoon for a k-9 training exercise. At least seven other agencies participated in the exercises at the high school and Superior Middle School. (Jed Carlson/

Northwest Wisconsin K-9 units converged on Superior High School and Superior Middle School Monday for training. The dogs and their handlers performed a walk-through of both buildings, checking lockers for illegal substances, according to Capt. Chad La Lor of the Superior Police Department.

Superior Police do a drug sweep at SHS once every school year, he said. With so many lockers to check, it helps to involve other agencies, including some from Minnesota. Such walk-throughs have been "hit and miss" in the past, according to La Lor. At times, small amounts of marijuana have been found.

He said that K-9 sweeps have been conducted before at SMS, but there is a heightened sense of awareness of activity there following a December incident when a middle school student was reportedly selling cocaine on a school bus. He noted that the school walk-throughs were not in response to that incident, but rather a regular quarterly training for area K-9 units.