Authorities conduct drug sweep at Lacey High School

     Officers at Lacey Township High School Wednesday morning. (Image: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

    Officers at Lacey Township High School Wednesday morning. (Image: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

    Authorities led drug-sniffing dogs through the corridors of Lacey Township High School Wednesday morning.

    The sweep of the school is part of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato’s multifaceted approach to curbing drug addiction in the county.

    Coronato, who assumed the county’s top law enforcement position earlier this year, has faced “a trial by fire when it comes to heroin,” wrote NewsWorks’ Tracey Samuleson in a recent report about the drug epidemic plaguing the county.

    There have been 104 drug overdose deaths in the county this year. Most involve people between the ages of 20 and 28.

    The prosecutor, who told the Asbury Park Press the important thing is to save a life, would not say if any drugs were found in the school. Wednesday’s action followed a November sweep at Toms River High School East. 

    News of the sweep in progress generated an impassioned response from Jersey Shore Hurricane News commenters Wednesday morning.  

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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