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Random drug test at MHS
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MONROE - Monroe Police Department officers executed a search of Monroe High School Tuesday with the assistance of several K9 units.

The search, the first of 2016, was simply a test of the school's lockdown protocols, said Monroe Police chief Fred Kelley.

"This wasn't based on any threat," Kelley said.

Officers and three K9 dogs - two from the Green County and Lafayette County sheriff's departments - searched a portion of the school's lockers and parking lots. No illicit materials were discovered during the search.

Kelley said police have performed "about four or five" similar searches for the past school year and have not discovered any contraband. Even so, the searches help maintain the school's drug-free environment.

More searches will be conducted this school year. Kelley said the school schedules the searches to take place at seemingly random intervals.