GROVETOWN, Ga. (WJBF) – On Wednesday, December 1st, around 8:30 am, the Grovetown Police Department responded to Cedar Ridge Elementary School in reference to illegal narcotics having been found on campus.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a small amount of Methamphetamine was located within an employee restroom.
The school staff advised that the restroom was for employees only, has controlled access by key,and is not accessible or utilized by students.
The investigation led to the arrest of Mrs. Kelley Nile, the school Nutritional Manager.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division was called in to search of the employee parking.
A Canine alerted to the presence of Methamphetamine in the center console Mrs. Nile’s personal vehicle.
Mrs. Nile was arrested for Possession of Schedule II Narcotics and transported to the Columbia County Detention Center.
At no time were any students exposed to the illegal narcotics or area of investigation.
The Columbia County School District has released the following statement:
On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, prior to the beginning of the school day, school administrators at Cedar Ridge Elementary School were alerted by an employee to a suspicious substance found in the employees-only bathroom in the kitchen area. Administrators immediately contacted the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.
The substance was discovered to be an illegal narcotic, and prompted further investigation of the school parking lot with the assistance of a narcotics K-9. The search resulted in the discovery of similar illegal narcotics inside the vehicle of a nutrition employee. The individual was taken into custody and is no longer employed by the school district.
Safety of students and staff is a top priority. The school is in the process of notifying staff and parents about the situation at this time.