RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Teachers at Russell County High School knew something was out of the norm Tuesday morning when they smelled marijuana on multiple students.
Authorities were called and an investigation led to a student's car where they seized around ten baggies of suspected marijuana and a loaded nine millimeter handgun.
"At the end of the day that makes this school safer. There is no indication that this weapon was ever talked about coming into the school, but you never know that," explains Russell County Sheriff, Heath Taylor.
The student was taken into custody and charged through juvenile court with possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Taylor says he doesn't believe this one incident indicates that there is a drug problem at Russell County High School, but hopes this sends a loud message to students about bringing contraband to school.
"I would hope they would think twice about bringing it onto the school campus tomorrow and bringing it and leaving it in their cars because their cars are as much inside this building as they are," says Taylor.
According to the Russell County School system the teen that was taken into custody is still considered a student at Russell County High School, but their status could change pending the investigation.
"There are a lot of consequences that could fall into there. I don't want to comment on those things at this point. We'd like to do our investigation and get all of the facts before making any kind of decision," explains Superintendent of Russell County Schools, William Green.
Sheriff Taylor did not want to speculate if the drugs were being sold at the school since it appeared to be packaged for resale.
Taylor and Superintendent Green commend the staff at Russell County High School for their efforts today, saying you couldn't ask a school system to do much more.