DELHI, California (STPNS) -- 09.13.06 12:35 a.m.

School Resource Officer Deputy Cardenas addressed the school board and a room full of parents and educators at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

He informed those attending the meeting that the Merced County Sheriff's Department has reason to believe the firearms found near the Delhi Educational Park may have been dumped there by a vehicle connected to a drug bust that took place Sunday evening.

"A lot of things are kind of clicking," Cardenas said.

In addition to a U-Haul truck carrying marijuana, two cars were stopped in the major drug bust that took place along Highway 99 in Southern Stanislaus County and Northern Merced County. According to Cardenas' report at the meeting, some of the ammunition found during the bust matches some that was located with the firearms on Monday morning. He said that the items will be sent to the lab for final determination. He also said that they are still looking at the backpack. There is a chance the backpack was already there when the guns were dumped along Merced Avenue.

A person looking for and collecting aluminum cans discovered the firearms around 9 a.m. Monday and reported the find to a school maintenance worker. The entire Ed Park facility went on lockdown around 9:30 a.m. as a precautionary measure. Sheriff's deputies were joined by officers from the California Highway Patrol, the Livingston Police Department and the Atwater Police Department in searching the school. No other firearms or weapons were found during that search, much to the relief of the Sheriff's Department. The lockdown ended at 2:45 p.m. and students were released on time around 3 p.m.

The Monday morning events brought several media into Delhi, including television crews from Sacramento and Fresno. The fact that it was taking place on the fifth anniversary of September 11 especially raised attention.

Students returned to school today as usual. The school board was holding its regular monthly meeting. The DUSD School Board of Trustees meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Merced County Superintendent Lee Anderson also attended the meeting to present two awards. The first went to DUSD for showing the most API growth of all districts of similar size. A special award was presented to Delhi Middle School for demonstrating the most API growth of schools of similar size.