Student detained after drug search

A 17-year-old high school student was detained after a routine drug search at his school on Thursday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The student’s name and charges were not available at press time on Thursday.

The incident happened between 8 and 9 a.m. at South Aiken Baptist Christian School on Dougherty Road, according to Lt. Karl Odenthal, a spokesman for Aiken Public Safety. School officials had requested a random “preventative” search of students’ vehicles on Thursday morning.

“The schools can request at any time a drug search. That’s what they did,” Odenthal said.

Drug dogs walking around the vehicles alerted on the suspect’s vehicle, Odenthal said. Inside the vehicle, officers found “an amount” of drug paraphernalia, Adderall pills and a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

“Until it’s tested, we can’t say that it is for sure,” he said. He added that the student did not have a prescription for the Adderall.

The teenager was taken to the Aiken County detention center.

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