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A three-hour drug sweep at Inarajan Middle School on Tuesday morning turned up marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia in a parked vehicle allegedly belonging to a school employee, the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency said.

The evidence was transferred to the Guam Police Department, Customs said in a statement.

It’s not known if the person who owns the vehicle was arrested.

Employee could face termination

Chris Anderson, student support services administrator for the Guam Department of Education, confirmed that the vehicle belonged to a DOE employee. He said the education department and the school are investigating.

The employee could face suspension, demotion or termination, depending on the outcome of the investigation, Anderson said.

“We are of course disappointed that drugs were brought to a school. But the message is that GDOE does not condone and does not encourage this,” Anderson said. “We are hoping that the continued drug sweeps on campuses will serve as a strong deterrence and people will think twice about bringing drugs to school.”

This was the first school drug sweep in more than two years, and there will be more, he said. The sweep was conducted with about five drug-detector dogs and their handlers, he said.

Sweep requested by superintendent

Customs said its Drug Detector Dog Unit, or K9 unit, swept the Inarajan school at the request of education Superintendent Jon Fernandez.

The operation lasted three hours, with the campus on lockdown for the first hour, according to a statement from Customs.

“When a K-9 showed interest in a vehicle parked in the school’s parking lot belonging to a school employee, permission to search was received and the vehicle inspection conducted by special deputy marshals resulted in the identification of suspected marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia,” the statement said.

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Tuesday was the first time in more than two years that DOE requested a drug sweep, Customs said.

In 2009, the two agencies signed a memorandum of agreement, enabling Customs’ K9 unit to conduct drug sweeps of public school campuses. It was meant to serve as a deterrent for potential drugs being brought onto school campuses, and to promote a drug-free learning environment, Customs said.

“I would like to thank Superintendent Jon Fernandez for reaching out to the Customs and Quarantine Agency and commend the continued efforts of protecting our island’s youth,” Customs Director James T. McDonald said.

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