Drug dogs visit Lassen High

High Desert State Prison’s narcotic dog, Blitz, sniffs vehicles in Lassen High School’s junior parking lot. He is with his handler Mark Martinez. For more photos, read the full story on the Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 issue of the Lassen County Times.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 — Drug sniffing dogs came onto Lassen High School’s campus sending a statement illegal substances are not tolerated.

The event held Thursday, Feb. 12, was a collaborative effort between the high school district’s administration, Susanville Police Department, Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, High Desert State Prison and the probation department.

Blitz, High Desert State Prison’s narcotics dog, and Brinks, the canine officer with the Lassen County sheriff’s Office, along with their handlers, put their skills to use.

The animals sniffed lockers and vehicles in both the senior and junior parking lots and went into more than 10 classrooms. School administration cleared the students from the rooms before the dog entered.

Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing said the dogs made hits on five lockers, one vehicle and in a classroom, but no drugs were found.


+1 #9 MILLER 2015-02-23 03:02
How about searching, the cars at High Desert family inmate parking area, or have the dog search family members going to visit inmates, to keep narcotics from entering into the institution.
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+1 #8 Kirk Lazarus 2015-02-22 21:41
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have more important things to do than go around sniffing kids lockers for dime bags!!! ;-)
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-3 #7 Roger Jensen 2015-02-22 21:35
How come the CDC is in on this? Doesn't SPD, LCSO, or CHP have drug sniffing dogs? CDC is out of their jurisdiction!
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-8 #6 KEN 2015-02-19 12:59
The real value of this is not in catching someone, but putting everyone on notice: "You can be caught when you act stupidly"
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-9 #5 Dan Burdett 2015-02-18 09:41
Oh Samo, poor soul, the courts have long ruled that an "alert" by a properly trained and certified k9 amounts to probable cause...and it is furthermore unlikely that a high school kid--emphasis on kid-- has a giant expectation of privacy in a locker provided by the school. The necessity for a search of this nature is really more of a sad comment on how far Lassen High, and Susanville in general, have fallen in the last 25 years.
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+11 #4 Tom Warts 2015-02-17 23:07
Really????? Last time I looked at a true investigation. The Mental Health was fired....... 2001
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+11 #3 Dave Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh 2015-02-17 23:02
I dont want anyone pointing the finger at me. But I told the Coppers that they need to look at those youttttttttts. I am glad they listened. You never know. REALLY......... You never know.
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+8 #2 Judge Dread 2015-02-17 20:17
Why don't they have the dawgs check out Banner Lassen Medical Center or NERHC?? :-x
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+11 #1 Samo Ranos 2015-02-17 19:55
What about something called a search warrant? Welcome to 1984 & the police State of Lassen County!
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