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Two guns found in student's vehicle; drug sweep leads to discovery

A Bellefontaine High School student faces charges after bringing two guns to school Tuesday morning.

The Bellefontaine Police Department K9 unit along with a Marysville K9 conducted a drug sweep.

Nothing was found in the school.

A K9 alerted on a 1997 Yukon operated by Kody Pickering, 17, of Bellefontaine.

Pickering told officers there was nothing illegal in the vehicle.

Two empty prescription bottles were located.

No illegal drugs were inside the vehicle.

Officers found two guns under the back seat.

A Mossberg .22 rifle with a scope and a Winchester Daisy BB air rifle were removed.

The air rifle was loaded, cocked, and ready to fire.

The .22 was unloaded.

Police found a container of BBs, approximately 30 rounds of .22 ammunition, and five 12-gauge shells.

Kody told police he uses the guns for squirrel hunting.

He said he forgot to remove the guns and he acknowledged it was illegal to bring firearms onto school property.

School administrators met with the school resource officer.

They did not believe there was any ill intent by Kody.

School officials know that he hunts and fishes which was consistent with the gear in his vehicle.

Nonetheless, Pickering was removed from school.

He was suspended for 10 days with recommendation for expulsion.

Charges are pending.

Police continue their investigation.

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