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Leon County teacher placed on administrative leave after police find meth during traffic stop

Posted at 3:29 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 16:05:31-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A second grade teacher at Chaires Elementary is facing multiple drug charges after police say he admitted to "occasionally" using meth during a traffic stop for a busted tag light.

Harry Coombs, 61, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. Leon County Schools confirmed to ABC 27 that he is a teacher at Chaires Elementary.

According to arrest documents, Coombs was pulled over on Apalachee Parkway the night of Feb. 7 for an inoperable tag light. After giving him a verbal warning, officers asked to search his car and Coombs consented.

When they searched the car, they found a cigarette box that had a small bag of a "clear crystallized substance" that tested positive for methamphetamine. They also found another baggie of meth hidden under a Tumblr cup in the car's cupholder.

After they read his Miranda Rights, the arrest report says Coombs agreed to talk and said he "occasionally uses meth" and had most recently used it earlier that day.

"However, he stated the meth found in his vehicle was not his," investigators wrote in the report. Based on the evidence, Coombs was arrested.

He was released from jail on Saturday on a $2,500 bond.

Leon County Schools sent ABC 27 the following statement about his arrest:

“We have been made aware of the arrest of a Chaires Elementary teacher. The individual has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and final disposition of the legal case.”