Police find alcohol at FHS

Published 12:32 am Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A routine search of school grounds led to the arrest of a Florala High School student Tuesday after Alabama Beverage Control Board agents found alcohol in his vehicle.

Casey Paul Golden, 18, is charged with possession of an alcoholic beverage on public secondary or grade school property, which is a felony, ABC agent Robby Barton said.

“ABC agents routinely search school grounds, usually at the request of the school resource officer, to check for tobacco products, alcohol or narcotics on school property,” Barton said. “Specifically, we found a 1.75 liter bottle of Jose Cuervo Margarita, which already has the tequila mixed in, inside Mr. Golden’s vehicle, which was parked in the school parking lot.”

Barton said the search was conducted using specially-trained dogs, which alerted to the presence of not only the alcohol inside Golden’s vehicle, but also three separate possessions of tobacco products on school property. The three involved in those incidents were all juveniles, Barton said.

“As we know, it’s against the law to possess alcohol on school grounds, and those grounds include the grounds around the classroom buildings, as well as the football stadiums and parking lots, ” he said.

Golden was booked into the county jail and later released on a $6,000 bond.

County schools superintendent Terry Holley said Golden now faces school disciplinary action as per the system’s Code of Conduct, which calls for a three- to five-day suspension. As for the other students charged with tobacco violations, they are facing in-school suspension three to five days.

This is the second incident this month in which illegal substances have been found on school property. Last week, four Opp High School students — one adult and three juveniles — were arrested and charged for allegedly attempting to sell Lortabs to fellow students.