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Drug Searches Conducted at Lacey High School Wednesday

Police, K9s search school in prosecutors office effort

Law enforcement led by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office conducted drug searches at Lacey High School on Wednesday morning.

The searches, which included officers and drug-sniffing dogs, is part of an effort by county prosecutor Joseph Coronato to combat a heroin epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in Ocean County so far this year.

"Last month we went to High School East in Toms River, this month we went to Lacey High School," said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

The search "went well," but because anyone possessing drugs would likely be a juvenile, the office is not commenting on what, exactly, the search yielded or who might be charged as a result.

"Being that they are all juveniles, we’re not speaking to anything that’s found," said Della Fave.

Students who were found to have drugs in their possession had their parents notified, Della Fave said.

"It’s about saving lives, it’s about helping parents become aware of any issues in their households," he said, adding that the township school district was very cooperative in allowing authorities to conduct its search.

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