If convicted, the students face court punishment and school discipline.
By NORMAN LEIGH
VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU
SALEM -- Five Salem High School students face drug-related charges after law enforcement officers swept the school.
City police filed charges in Northwest Area Columbiana County Court against three adult students and say charges are pending against two juveniles.
The sweep was conducted before noon Thursday.
The adults arrested are Robert Hendy, 18, of Deming Street; Carl Anderson, 18, of North Ellsworth Avenue; and Nicholas Criswell, 18, of North Lincoln Avenue.
All three were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Hendy also is charged with marijuana possession.
They are to appear at 8:15 a.m. Monday for a hearing in Northwest Court.
Anderson is free on a $250 bond. Criswell and Hendy remain in Columbiana County Jail.
Delinquency charges of possessing drug paraphernalia probably will be filed Monday in juvenile court against the two boys, both 17. They have been released to their parents.
About the raid: Officers representing the city police department, Ohio State Highway Patrol Canine Unit and the Columbiana County Drug Task Force conducted the sweep.
The dogs found a marijuana pipe in a locker. The other materials leading to the charges were found in the students' vehicles parked outside the school.
School district officials asked for the drug sweep after becoming suspicious that drug activity was occurring in and around the school, Superintendent Dr. David Brobeck said.
All the students accused in the raid are automatically suspended, pending further review, Brobeck said.
In addition to any punishment handed out by the court, the students also face school discipline that could include expulsion for up to 80 days, he added.
Brobeck said inviting the law enforcement action helps deter drug activity and protects law-abiding students.
"It will not be the last time" authorities are called in to sweep the school, Brobeck said.