JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A teacher with the Charleston County School District has been arrested after authorities reportedly found over seven pounds of marijuana in her home, located within a half-mile of the school she teaches at.
According to a release, 34-year-old Faith Kathleen Jones-Paulus, of Johns Island, turned herself in at the Charleston County Sheriff's Office Monday morning. She has been charged with possession of a controlled substance within the proximity of a school and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
CCSD Executive Director Erica Taylor says Jones-Paulus, who teaches 6th grade at Haut Gap Middle School, has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Deputies say nearly 7.2 pounds of marijuana was discovered in Jones-Paulus' home on February 18 after an incident earlier in the day led them to the residence.
An incident report states deputies were conducting a narcotics investigation in the area of Ghana Street on Johns Island on February 18 when they made contact with Christopher Andrew Paulus, who attempted to throw a firearm after being spotted by officers.
Deputies say the 40-year-old male admitted to tossing the 9mm handgun, which he said he kept in his pocket for protection, and was arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a handgun. Before being taken to jail, Paulus reportedly had deputies drive him to his home at 1879 Bohicket Road so he could secure his dogs.
Once at the home, the report states Paulus asked to go inside to get some water. When deputies went inside with the suspect, they could smell marijuana, which Paulus admitted was inside the home, officers say.
Deputies say a search warrant executed at the home uncovered 13 clear plastic bags containing a total of nearly 7.2 pounds of marijuana. Officers say they also found a Berkeley Cooperative electric bill in Jones-Paulus' name, as well as female clothing.
Deputies say the home is located within a half-mile of Haut Gap Middle School.
Paulus was then also charged possession of a controlled substance within the proximity of a school and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and warrants were issued for Jones-Paulus.
Paulus was released from jail on a $100,000 bond. Jones- Paulus is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.