5th grade teacher arrested for allegedly stealing prescription medicine at NC school

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Jamie Ford (Source: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. — A 5th grade teacher in Columbus County was suspended without pay after she was arrested for allegedly stealing prescription medications at school.

Detectives began investigating after receiving reports of someone stealing prescription medications at Tabor City Elementary, according to WECT.

Jamie Ford, 53, was arrested Friday after detectives received permission to search her vehicle.

There they found prescription medication that belonged to another teacher at the school.

Ford was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and larceny of medication.

She was placed in the Columbus County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond.

A spokeswoman for Columbus County Schools told WECT Ford had been employed with the school district for 25 years.

The investigation is ongoing.