AMHERST - A press release issued Saturday afternoon by the Cumberland Integrated Street Crime Unit said that an investigation has, "Resulted in the arrest of several students of the Amherst Regional High School in relation to drug related offences.
The investigation was initiated as a result of a community concern received, that students were using drugs in the school parking lot.
Police conducted an investigation, and based on the evidence gathered, 22 students were arrested and detained at the Amherst Regional High School on Friday.
A small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was seized.
The Police are continuing their investigation and the decision on charges is pending the completion of the investigation.
The Chignecto Central Regional School Board and the Amherst Regional High School are cooperating with police during this investigation.
School administrations interviewed the students, contacted their parents and are handling the matter as per school board policy and the student code of conduct."
The press release goes on to say, "We appreciate the professionalism the police showed while interviewing the students involved," said Carolyn Pierce, Communication Manager for the CCRSB. "They treated our students with dignity and respect.
"We will continue to work with the police throughout the investigation and going forward," said Pierce.
The integrated Street Crime Unit is comprised of police officers from the Amherst Police Department, Springhill Police Department and the Cumberland RCMP.