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UT Teacher Arrested After Police Find Heroin
Syracuse, Utah (KSTU) A Utah teacher has been arrested after police say they found evidence of heroin in her car and her classroom!
Chief Garrett Atkins says: "it's clear from what we've found and in conversations with her, she does have a drug problem. It's not a first time thing for her."
Syracuse police say a drug dog confirmed a tip that one of the cars parked at buffalo point elementary school had drugs in it... What they didn't expect was that car to belong to third grade teacher claudia reaney.
Atkins says: "after school got out we made contact with the teacher. Basically explained what happened with it, took her into custody."
Detectives got a search warrant for reaney's car and classroom... And say they found evidence of heroin in both places.
Atkins says: "it was in several places within the classroom. Most of it desk area, her personal belongings, trash can."
Chris Williams, Spokesman, Davis School District says: "it is shocking, no question. We have great teachers. And this is an anomaly."
Reaney has worked for the davis school district since 2007... A district spokesperson couldn't comment on whether or not they suspected any drug abuse... But says the fact it may have happened at school is the most concerning.
Williams says: "there's a level of trust that parents have for the teachers, a level of trust we as employers have for our employees."
Reaney has been placed on administrative leave... She's currently in the davis county jail being held on charges of possessing drugs... And drug paraphernalia... And could face more severe punishment...
Atkins says: "it's an enhancable offense because of it's location. It's called a drug free zone. Schools, parks, churches, malls. Things like that all fall under those."