On Wednesday morning, a sweep at Southridge High School in Huntingburg, meant for drugs, instead turned up a gun.
Officials with the school requested the Indiana State Police K-9's to do a walk-through of the school to see if they could locate any illegal drugs that may be on the school grounds.
Trooper Brian Laroche and his K-9 Blackie were conducting open air sniffs around the vehicles in the parking lot of the high school when Blackie alerted on a green 1992 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up.
The student responsible for the vehicle was found, and the vehicle was opened. Police say a loaded 9mm Taurus handgun was located in the center console.
The student, 18-year-old Cole W. Meyer was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Dubois County Jail.
He's been charged with possession of a firearm on school property, which is a class D Felony.
The Indiana State Police would like to remind people "whether you have a firearms permit or not, unless you are a law enforcement officer or you are a person who has been employed or authorized by a school or another person who owns or operates property being used by a school for a school function, it is illegal to possess a firearm in or on school property; in or on property that is being used by a school for a school function; or on a school bus.
Copyright 2013 WFIE. All rights reserved.
1115 Mt. Auburn Road
Public File Contact: