Student arrested at school during random drug search

A random search of the Woonsocket School and parking lot by drug sniffing dogs turned up one hit in a student’s car last Tuesday morning.
Brayden Peterson, 18, was taken into custody after police discovered some marijuana the dog had sniffed out in his car, which was parked in the school parking lot.
Peterson was charged with possession of marijuana, less than two ounces, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He was arrested and released on his own recognizance.
A Class 1 misdemeanor has a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
The Sanborn and Wessington Springs county sheriff’s offices and the Huron police conducted the search.
A search of Sanborn Central School was also conducted later on Tuesday, where nothing was found.
Random drug dog searches are not mandatory for public schools, but are commonly done voluntarily. The dates for the searches are set by the superintendent before the school year begins. Woonsocket School usually plans one or two searches each year.

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