MERCERVILLE — Those traveling in and around Mercerville on Wednesday morning might have been curious to see several area police and sheriff’s office K-9 units passing through town.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, South Gallia High School/Middle School went on lockdown and students and staff were “treated” to a thorough search of their school building by several K-9 officers and their partners.
On scene were K-9 units from the Rio Grande Police Department, Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Wood County (W.Va.) Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Syracuse Police Department, Parkersburg Police Department, Hocking County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County (W.Va.) Sheriff’s Office, who quickly searched the entire facility, including classrooms, lockers and cars parked outside the building. Also on scene were representatives with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and the Gallia County Juvenile Probation Department.
Periodic searches of the area’s school facilities by K-9 officers trained to sniff out illicit drugs and other contraband has become somewhat routine for local students and staff. According to officials with the K-9 group, no drugs were found inside South Gallia High School/Middle School during Wednesday morning’s search.