Two teenagers face drug charges after being taken into custody following a lengthy police search Tuesday by officers investigating a report from Staples High School that a student may have illegally had a gun off campus.
The investigation was triggered after classes Tuesday, according to an email by Staples Principal John Dodig to parents Wednesday, when a student told an assistant principal about a gun possibly being in a student's possession at a Lockwood Circle home.
Staples student Steven Shulman, 18, of Ludlow Road, and Michael Lynch, 19, of Mill Hill Road in Fairfield, both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, as well as with interfering with a police officer/non-assault after a chase that included Westport and Fairfield officers and their canines.
The incident unfolded about 2 p.m. Tuesday when Westport police were told by Staples administrators that Shulman was believed to be at a Lockwood Circle home where drugs and a gun may also have been on the premises.
When officers arrived at the Lockwood Circle home, two young males fled into a wooded area, police said. At the house, police said they did find a firearm, but it was properly authorized for possession by a resident of the home.
In Dodig's Wednesday statement, he emphasized, "A gun was not, and never was, in (Shulman's) possession on school grounds or off school grounds."
However, officers said they saw suspected drugs and paraphernalia in plain sight, which were believed to belong to the two teens who fled.
Westport officers set up a perimeter and began an hours-long search for the suspects, and joined by Fairfield officers, called in their respective department's K-9 units.
Shulman and Lynch were later taken into custody near the Fairfield border.