Student Arrested Following K-9 Search Of Classroom

A 17 year-old high school student was arrested at his school Thursday morning following a surprise drug search.

Shortly after school began yesterday at West Johnston High School, a Johnston County Sheriff’s drug K-9 was brought to the school to conduct a search of a random classroom.  The students were escorted into the hallway while the room was searched.

The K-9 quickly alerted on a clear plastic bag near a student’s desk. The bag contained 9 hydrocodone pills.   The student, identified by authorities as 17 year-old Jason Mendoza Rivera of Willow Spring allegedly admitted to a school official the pills were his.

Rivera was charged with felony sell and deliver of a controlled substance. He was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $7,500 bond.