Valley teen arrested after assault rifle, drugs found at high school

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 9:37 pm

A Chambers County school was temporarily placed on lockdown as sheriff’s deputies conducted a random search for illegal drugs at Valley High School early Thursday, according to a release from the Valley Police Department.

During their search at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Chambers County deputies assisted by the Auburn Police Division, Lanett and Opelika police departments and agents with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force seized 18 bags of marijuana with an estimated street value of $100 in the school’s gymnasium, after a K-9 officer altered on an area near the bleachers.

A search of the school’s parking lot by a second K-9 officer turned up marijuana residue and a loaded magazine from the passenger compartment of a vehicle. A Hungarian-style AK-47 assault rifle with a pistol grip was located in the trunk.

Arrested in connection with drugs and gun was a 16-year-old Valley male who was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of a deadly weapon on the premises of a public school. The teen was transported to the Lee County Youth Development Center and will be prosecuted in Chambers County Juvenile Court, according to the release.

While the school was placed on lockdown to restrict student movement on campus during the drug search, Valley Police Chief Tommy Weldon said no students were in any danger.

Weldon said he hopes the searches like the one conducted Thursday will help deter similar activity in the future.

“We try to take the proactive approach,” Weldon said. “This puts the kids on notice that they never know when we’re going to show up and do a search.”