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Kenton Co. middle school teacher facing drug charges

KENTON CO, Ky. (WKYT) - A DEA investigation at a Kentucky middle school has now resulted in the indictment of a second employee.

This time a Kenton County grand jury indicted Arin Staples, a former teacher. She's one of three workers DEA agents interviewed at Holmes Middle School.
Authorities say Staples was buying cocaine and having her dealer bring it to her at school.

DEA agents were at Holmes Middle School the first week of classes.

"The DEA talked to 3 people at Holmes. Since then, all 3 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 on August 15, the grand jury indicted her Thursday for prohibited acts related to a controlled substance. Investigators say she bought cocaine from one of the drug dealers investigated by the DEA and shared it with at least one other person.

"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 gto do with students. There's nothing to suggest she was using drugs with students or selling drugs to students," Sanders said.

Authorities arrested former instructional assistant Quincey Tyus last week on trafficking charges. The arrest report says he sold 50 percocets to a confidential source. Neither Tyus or Staples were reportedly the target of the DEA investigation that brought agents to the middle school in the first place.

"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," Sanders said.

The third person interviewed at the school by the DEA has not been charged. The DEA investigation started last fall and ran through the spring of this year.


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