A Columbus County teacher has been suspended without pay after being arrested for allegedly stealing prescription medication at school.
According to officials with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, Jamie Ford, 53, a 5th grade teacher at Tabor City Elementary, was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and larceny of medication.
Ford was booked into the Columbus County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond.
According to officials, detectives with the Vice and Narcotics Unit began an investigation into the theft of medication at the school. After further investigation, detectives determined the medication was being taken by a staff member.
Detectives interviewed Ford and received permission to search her vehicle and found prescription medications that did not belong to her. According to Major Bobby Worley, the medicine belonged to another teacher.
Ford was arrested on campus Friday.
According to Kelly Jones, spokesman for Columbus County Schools, Ford has been employed by the district for 25 years.
District policy allows teachers to keep medication in their classrooms in locked containers.
Maj. Worley says the investigation is ongoing.
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