Star football player one of two arrested after West Craven High School lockdown

(Photo: Allen Fairbanks)

VANCEBORO, Craven County - A lockdown drill at West Craven High School turned into a drug and weapons bust Wednesday afternoon, with a total of two arrests made.

Wednesday evening, John Whitfield, a captain with the Craven County Sheriff's Office, confirmed to NewsChannel 12 that one of the two arrests was West Craven star football player Jonquez Green. The other person is a minor and their name was not released.

Tips of the lockdown started flowing in early Wednesday morning. At the time, officials said the lockdown was a result of a routine drug sweep of the high school. At least one K9 was brought in to sniff around and there was no safety threat.

"WCHS has been and is on a lock down drill. There is not an emergency, as this is a drill. Please disregard any false information that has been shared on social media," school officials posted to the West Craven High School Facebook page at 8:56 a.m.

Later in the day, though, things took a serious turn.

Officials with Craven County Sheriff's Office are now confirming that the sweep was an unannounced search for contrabands on school property. It took place just before 8 a.m. and wrapped up at around 9:30 a.m.

Corporal Rudy Riggs of the Craven County Sheriff's Office said that only the principal and assistant knew about the sweep. It was carried out in collaboration with New Bern Police Department's K9 unit.

Police searched vehicles and classrooms looking for weapons and drugs, which led to two arrests being made.

One arrest is a juvenile, while the other student will be charged as an adult for possession of a firearm and marijuana.

Police are still in the middle of the charging process. Corporal Riggs said that he expects more information to be released later on today.

Parents have been notified and the names of the students are not being released at this time.

"As always, this partnership provides an added measure of security that will ensure students safety and privacy," a school representative said in a press release about the incident. "We appreciate the support of local law enforcement helping us send a message that drugs will not be tolerated at West Craven High."

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