By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON — Police are still investigating how more than a gram of heroine made its way into a hallway at Erskine Elementary School on Wednesday morning.
According to Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur, someone from the school found the drug in a container in one of the hallways late Wednesday morning, prompting school officials to contact police.
Classes were temporarily suspended and the school was locked down for a few hours while Madison County Drug Task Force officers collected the substance and Anderson K-9 officers searched the rest of the school for signs of any more drugs.
"The school decided it would be best to have us search the building," Sandefur said. "It was a good call on their part. The substance field-tested positive for heroin, but we'll know more after a lab test.
"It's not something we expect to find in our schools," he added. "We have no idea how it got there."
Sandefur said the school has video cameras in the hallway where the heroin was found and detectives are in the process of examining the footage for evidence.
No representative of Anderson Community Schools or Erskine Elementary could be reached for comment on Thursday. School Principal Scott Merkel left the Herald Bulletin a voicemail, and indicated he believed the incident was a random drill done for the safety of the students.
Neither the ACS nor Erskine Elementary websites featured any announcement about the incident as of Thursday night. Erskine Elementary is on the far south side of the city, located at 811 W. 60th St.
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Anyone with information about possible illegal drug-related activity is encouraged to contact APD Crimestoppers at 765-649-8310 or contact the Madison County Drug Task Force at 765-648-6798.