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UPDATE: Streets blocked off during SWAT team investigation

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CRESCO (KWWL) - Crestwood students were briefly in lock down following a drug bust in the area.

The Howard County Sheriff's Office says several individuals were taken into custody in a drug investigation, but no names or charges have been released.

Howard-Winneshiek officials said the district was contacted by law enforcement and advised to go into "shelter in place" protocols at 9 a.m. Friday.

Officials said it was a precautionary measure.

"These actions were precautionary with the purpose of keeping students and staff safe as law enforcement conducted business in the neighborhood adjacent to the schools," said Howard-Winneshiek superintendent John Carver.

Law enforcement then gave the district the all-clear at 10:10 a.m. Friday, when students resumed their daily activities.

"The Howard-Winneshiek Community School District very much appreciates its relationship with law enforcement and the flexibility and cooperation of parents in times like these," said Carver.

Crestwood's campus includes the high school as well as K-8 facilities.



A drug bust in Cresco may have prompted the school's lock down on Friday morning, a Cresco city official told KWWL.

The drug bust, however, was at least some distance from the school, according to the official. Students were still able to move between classrooms, just not outside of the building.

Witnesses say streets are blocked off in the area of South Elm Street as investigators focus on one home.

Neighbors say there were at least 10 squad cars in the area at one point Friday morning.



Crestwood High School was currently under lock down as of Friday morning at the request of law enforcement, according to the Howard-Winneshiek superintendent.

It was unclear exactly when the school, located in Cresco, went under lock down.

Superintendent John Carver told KWWL did not specify which law enforcement entity asked the school to go under lock down or for what reason, except that it was not directly related to the school building.

Stay with KWWL for updates.

Jerry Gallagher and Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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