Sweeps At Clewiston High and LaBelle High Reap Drugs and 9mm Gun
CLEWISTON, FLORIDA -- The Hendry County Sheriff�s Office working closely with the Hendry County School System and with police dogs provided by the Collier County Sheriff�s Office conducted sweeps at Clewiston and LaBelle High Schools on October 27th. Found were a handgun and ammunition in an 18 year old Clewiston High student's vehicle and in LaBelle, narcotics paraphernalia and drugs in a 16 year old student's car.
According to Sheriff Ronnie Lee HCSO Investigators discovered a 9mm Ruger handgun under the front seat and a loaded 10 round magazine in the center console of a vehicle that was driven to Clewiston High School by Sergio Garcia age 18 of 300 Pine Lane, Clewiston. Garcia was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and booked into the Hendry County Jail with bond set at $3,500.00.
Also, on October 27th a vehicle search at the LaBelle High School parking lot resulted in the arrest of one 16 year juvenile for possession of marijuana and narcotics paraphernalia. Sheriff Lee stated that to keep our schools safe that future operations of this type would be conducted. The Sheriff also expressed his appreciation to the Hendry County School System, Members of the Hendry County Sheriff�s Office Criminal Investigations Division, The Hendry County Sheriff�s Office School Resource Officers and Sgt. John Poling, Sgt. Andrew Smith, Cpl. Chris Swarthout and Canines �Doyle� and �Branco� of the Collier County Sheriff�s Office for their participation in the 2 sweeps.