A surprise lockdown drug search Tuesday at Bradley Central High School yielded no illegal substances, but one student was taken into custody at GOAL Academy after drug paraphernalia was found in his vehicle.
The juvenile student’s name was not released by officials, according to Johnny McDaniel, director of Bradley County Schools.
Lt. Julie Quinn of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of BCSO’s Drug Enforcement Unit and the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force, performed the searches at the schools.
Three canines were used to search the campus area as well as vehicles in the parking lots.
“This was a planned effort by BCSO and the Bradley County Schools. I appreciate the cooperation from Sheriff Jim Ruth and the officers of the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Criminal Justice System,” McDaniel said in a press release.
“To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we regularly check our school and do not tolerate drugs on campus,” said BCHS Principal Todd Shoemaker. “The administration of Bradley Central would like to thank the agencies for their cooperation and professionalism in this exercise.”
Kyle Page, principal at GOAL Academy, also responded to the search.
“I appreciate that the Sheriff’s Office is very thorough in the search of our campus. We are committed to maintaining a safe and drug-free campus,” Page stated.
“We do this a number of times each year at the request of the Bradley County Schools. We feel it is very appropriate due to the fact that several students recently were treated after ingesting a synthetic drug named 25-CNBOMe, or N-Bomb,” said Ruth.
It is a potentially deadly drug, and is described by authorities as being somewhat like LSD.
Three people died in Tennessee last year after ingesting the synthetic drug.
25-CNBOMe is also known as “Tweety-Bird Mescaline,” “N-bomb” and “Smiles” on the street, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
It is a “Spice” cannabinoid, or designer drug, and these types of drugs are typically sold online or “through illicit channels,” according to the DEA.
Administration of the drug can be through powders, liquid solutions, lacing on edible items or soaked onto blotter papers, such as LSD was in earlier generations.