CAIRO — About two hours into a search of locked down Cairo High School Monday morning, several types of contraband had been found.
The lockdown began about 8:30 a.m., with the school superintendent, school board members, school administrators and teachers participating in the search.
Personnel from the Grady County Sheriff's Office and Cairo Police Department were present, including Sheriff Harry Young and Cairo Police Chief Giovannie Santos.
"We're about half way right now," Capt. Daniel Singletary, sheriff's office chief investigator, said at 10:30 a.m. "It's a long, tedious process."
A couple of knives, vape oil, vape pens and a lighter were found in students' book bags. Vaping is an alternative to cigarettes. Vape oil can contain marijuana or a derivative of the drug, Singletary said.
Students placed their book bags in halls to be searched and were not allowed to leave classrooms except when escorted to restrooms. As bags were searched, students returned to classrooms.
Two students had drugs at Cairo High last week. A firearm was found in one of the drug discoveries.
"We're showing it's not going be tolerated," Singletary said.
He said the school board and school police asked for help from the sheriff's office and police department.
Law enforcement agencies' presence shows support of school officials' efforts to keep drugs and firearms out of the school, the investigator said.