SYRACUSE -- A third-grade teacher was arrested Thursday afternoon after police found heroin in her car and residue amounts in her purse and classroom.
Claudia Reaney, 49, was booked in the Davis County Jail on one count of second degree felony possession of a controlled substance.
Syracuse police Lt. Tracy Jensen said police received a tip about a car at Buffalo Point Elementary that may have had heroin inside.
Police took a drug-sniffing canine to the school and had the dog run around several cars before it sniffed out a red Chevy Sonic. Police learned the car belonged to Reaney.
Police waited until the school day ended before going in to talk with the teacher.
They then got a search warrant for the car and the classroom. Next, they ran the dog through the classroom, where they found heroin residue in her purse and "paraphernalia consistent with heroin usage."
Also, police found numerous bags in her car which contained heroin and residue indicating she may have been using consistently for "four to five times per day," for the last couple of weeks, said Jensen.
Christopher Williams, spokesman for the Davis School District, said Reaney started teaching with the district at West Point Elementary School in 2007. In 2008 she went to Buffalo Point Elementary.
She has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of her case, Williams said.
"If the allegations are true, it makes you stop to wonder what was going on in her personal life to bring her to this point," Williams said.
The Davis County Attorney's Office is reviewing the case before filing formal charges in 2nd District Court.
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