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Drug-sniffing dogs used to sweep Crestwood High School

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CRESCO, Iowa (KTTC-TV) -- Students at Crestwood High School in Cresco had a rude surprise this morning -- sheriff's deputies with drug-sniffing dogs swept the building and grounds in a sting operation.

Teachers told their students they were taking part in a "shelter in place" procedure, according to one parent.

About 10:30 a.m., the doors were closed, the blinds were pulled, and students had to stay in their classrooms until it was over.

Deputies and dogs from four area sheriff's departments swept the hallways and other parts of the building and the parking lot in what appeared to be a major sting.

The officers and canines came from across the region -- from Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, and Mitchell counties.

Cresco Police Chief Tim Ruroden tells KTTC NewsCenter that no drugs were found.

"We came at the school's request," said Chief Ruroden.  "It was actually a good exercise for the officers, they got a chance to learn how to work together."

It's not known what prompted the sting operation, or how much it cost.

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