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Seaford Teacher Arrested for Marijuana


SEAFORD, Del.- Drug dog searches are conducted throughout the year for schools across Delmarva. One school district was in for a surprise when police say drugs were found not on any students, but in the car of one their teachers.

33-year-old Ryan Harris is an art teacher at Seaford High School. He was arrested Monday afternoon for possession of marijuana.

According to Delaware State Police, the Seaford School District contacted the police to conduct a drug dog search of their campus. Police say the school was cleared for drugs, but they located 20.8 grams of marijuana in a Jeep Liberty in the south parking lot of the high school, belonging to Harris.

“An administrative search was conducted by the principal of the vehicle with the teacher there and located inside a bag in the vehicle was about 20.8 grams of marijuana as well as smoking device and a scale commonly used to weigh the marijuana,” said Cpl. Gary Fournier with the Delaware State Police.

Police say Harris was transported to Seaford Police Department where he was formally charged with Possession of Marijuana with an Aggravating Factor, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Seaford School District released a statement regarding the investigation. According to school district officials, Harris was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

“We want to send the messaging about a safe and drug free environment,” said Seaford School District Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Carson. “We're very proud of our students for making sure that happened. It was a circumstance that was unfortunate"

News of the arrest shocked many people in Seaford.

“It took me surprise. It really did,” said Seaford resident, Jane Tusenbery. “These kids need people to look up to that are following the law”

Harris was released on $1,000 bond.

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