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Two at Holmes Middle School face drug charges
COVINGTON, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- A seventh grade teacher, who resigned after federal agents showed up at her school, now faces a drug charge.
The Kenton County grand jury indicted Arin Staples. She's the second employee charged after the DEA came to Holmes Middle School two weeks ago. DEA agents interviewed three workers at Holmes who were loosely tied to a bigger investigation. Thursday, August 26th, 2014, two of them face state drug charges.
Staples, the former teacher, according to the authorities was buying cocaine and having her dealer bring it to her at the school. It brought d-e-a agents here the first week of school.
"The DEA talked to three people at Holmes. Since then, all three people have either been suspended or resigned. They are no longer in contact with students," said Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney, Rob Sanders.
Seventh grade teacher Arin Staples resigned August 15 and was indicted Thursday morning for prohibited acts related to a controlled substance. Investigators said she bought cocaine from one of the drug dealers investigated by the DEA and shared it at least one other person.
There was a reason they talked to her at the school, "We do have information that leads us to believe that she did meet her drug dealer at the school. That she did obtain drugs from the drug dealer at the school; however, this had nothing to do with students. There's nothing to suggest she was using drugs with students or selling drugs to students," said Sanders.
Sanders said she met the dealer at the school more than once. Former instructional assistant Quincey Tyus was arrested last week on trafficking charges. The arrest report said he sold 50 Percocets to a confidential source.
The DEA investigation brought agents to Holmes but Staples and Tyus were not the targets of it.
Sanders explained, "They weren't part of the ring so they were not appropriate for federal charges. And they brought this to us to make sure the thing could be handled appropriately on state charges to get them out of contact with students."
The third person interviewed by the DEA is no longer at Holmes Middle School. He has not been charged with anything but the investigation is ongoing.
Local 12 contacted the school district early Thursday afternoon but they did not return the calls. The DEA investigation started last fall and ran through the spring of this year.
According to the arrest report for Quincey Tyus, he sold the pills on March 10.
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