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Chatham Co. middle school teacher faces drug charges in Apex

Posted November 7, 2013
Updated November 8, 2013

— Two people, including a Chatham County teacher, were arrested Thursday on drug charges in Apex.

Investigators said Ashley Nicole Dillon, 29, and Landon Scott Lucas, 23, both of 2122 Cassowary Lane, Apex, were jailed under a $10,000 bond on charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dillon, Apex police said, is employed by Chatham County Schools.

District spokeswoman Lori Carlin said Dillon is a seventh-grade math teacher at Horton Middle School in Pittsboro and that she has been suspended with pay.

She has been an employee of Chatham County Schools since August 2011, Carlin said.

Interim Superintendent Derrick Jordan released a statement Thursday afternoon:

"We are taking the necessary actions to ensure that the employee's duties are covered and that student learning is uninterrupted. Our focus is in providing safe and excellent instruction. Regardless of the outcome of this investigation, we will continue working to provide the best educational environment for our students."


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  • Alexia.1 Nov 14, 2013

    Six grams? You can probably scrape that much cocaine off the dollar bills in your wallet. OK, exaggeration, but... how can they be maintaining a dwelling for drugs and that's all there is there? Seems insane.

    If this is not perhaps the best example of why we should stop putting people in jail over drugs, I don't know what is.

    As soon as we stop criminalizing drug use, I think the country will be in better shape. We don't want to encourage drug use, but our prisons are overflowing. We need a better solution.

  • goldenosprey Nov 12, 2013

    6 grams?! How did she even get caught? Hardly a Walter White. Lots of folks making under 40K a year get stopped for such picayune amounts of grass and it never makes headlines. Unlucky, mate.

  • Mon Account Nov 11, 2013

    Maybe if teachers were paid better...

  • contact49 Nov 8, 2013

    Intent to sell.... 6 grams? Amounts that small are decriminalized in this state.

  • THD Nov 7, 2013

    Legalize it. Half you you screaming couldn't match her math skills buzz or no buzz

  • cookie998 Nov 7, 2013

    N&O reported they seized 6 whole grams(!) This is ridiculous, and I don't understand why marijuana isn't legal in every state.

  • yotaman400ex Nov 7, 2013

    You people are too quick to judge. You act like she got busted with a meth lab. So she got caught with some weed. Lose a job over it? I don't think so.

  • jackaroe123 Nov 7, 2013

    "Really! So Ms/Mr. perfect, who do you suggest should teach your children in school in Chatham County? You certainly are not qualified."

    (I already am a teacher. I'm employing a highly sophisticated, ne'er-before-heard-of device called "sarcastitude.")

    "This is no joke and at the most its not funny. Well, to you it may be, but to Chatham county and all teachers its not funny at all."

    Oh, good grief... I'm a teacher and I think mocking right-wing attitudes as I did earlier or laughing-to-keep-from-crying like tres1p did are perfectly appropriate responses to this story.

  • chairmannc Nov 7, 2013

    If you teach midle school students in this day and age you have earned the right to go home after work and smoke a fat one. As long as it wasn't on school property and she wasn't high at work who are we to tell her how to relax after teaching the disrespectful kids that are in school today. Rather have my teacher partake in some weed than drink a pint of vodka every night after work.

  • Enough is Enough People Nov 7, 2013

    So much for being innocent until proven guilty. Personaly, I dont think marijuana should be illegal at all. However, given the nature of her job I dont think she was using the best judgement either.