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Drug dog alerts on school employee’s vehicle

A teacher’s aide working with mentally handicapped students at Blountstown High School was suspended without pay last week after a pot was discovered in her car. Mary Latasha Webb has been charged by the Blountstown Police Department with possession of less than 20g rams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. According to the BPD, Inv. Timothy Partridge, along with Ofc. Patrick Crawford and Liberty County Inv. Todd Wheetley, were taking K-9 Aldo around 15 vehicles at BHS Wednesday for a “free air sniff” to detect drugs. The dog alerted on Webb’s vehicle and she later consented to a search. A marijuana cigarette was discovered in plain view in the driver’s door panel. Rolling papers were found in the center console. Webb told authorities the marijuana didn’t belong to her and said the vehicle is also driven by someone else who could be responsible. Due to the evidence, Webb was charged and given a notice to appear in court. “It was serious enough, we had to put that person on leave until everything is over with,” says Superintendent Tommy McClellan, adding that school officials will wait to see how the case turns out before making any decisions about Webb’s employment. “To be fair, you investigate before you act.”

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