What started as a routine training exercise for area law enforcement K-9 units turned into an incident that saw the arrest of two local high school students on drug and weapons charges.
According to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement agencies were conducting a K-9 training exercise at Clear Creek-Amana High School in Tiffin when two separate drug investigations were initiated involving two vehicles in the parking lot. During subsequent searches, deputies located a handgun in each one of the vehicles. Two Clear Creek-Amana students, ages 16 and 17, were taken into custody and transported to the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center in Cedar Rapids. Both juveniles were charged with Carrying Weapons on School Property, a Class D Felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison, if charged as adults. One of the juveniles was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Serious Misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail.
The sheriff’s office says there is no indication of an ongoing or imminent threat to the school, students, or staff, nor is there any evidence that the two cases are connected.