A 17-year-old teen was arrested at his high school last week after a probation search revealed contraband in his backpack, according to authorities.
The student, who was not identified because he is a minor, was booked Feb. 18 into juvenile hall on suspicion of possession of ammunition by a minor, illegal possession of a knife and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, said Julie Wherry, assistant probation division chief for the Sacramento County Probation Department.
The arrest occurred after an employee at Gerber Jr./Sr. High School alerted a probation officer on campus that a student was carrying a backpack that looked suspicious, Wherry said.
The officer learned that the student was on probation, and searched the backpack. The search revealed a three-inch folding knife, handgun ammunition, a hypodermic needle, a pipe and a “minimal” amount of marijuana, Wherry said. Also in the backpack was the disassembled barrel of a handgun, she said, though no charges appeared to stem from that finding.
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The student’s parents were notified, and he was taken to juvenile hall. Wherry said probation officers are providing services for the student to help him upon his release from custody.