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Duval teacher facing drug-related charges
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Duval teacher facing drug-related charges

Duval teacher facing drug-related charges
Photo Credit: Clay County Sheriff's Office

Duval teacher facing drug-related charges

A Duval County middle school teacher is among the three people arrested in a Clay County drug investigation.

Deputies were initially serving a warrant on 25-year-old Robert Alan Davis Jr. at his home on Calusa Trail.  Clay County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Mary Justino says deputies were looking in to Davis for at least a month after neighbors told the office about apparent drug activity.

“This is a neighborhood that generally is a nice residential neighborhood with residents who are law-abiding,” she says.

While detectives were searching the home, 38-year-old James Van Richburg, a teacher at James Weldon Johnson Middle, drove up.  Deputies believe he arrived with the intent to conduct a drug transaction, although right now he is charged with possession.  Richburg refused orders from deputies to turn off his car, raise his hands or open his door, so the deputy opened the door with the intent of taking him in to custody but Richburg continued to resist. He was eventually handcuffed.

Detectives found a handgun, marijuana grinder, 2 grams of marijuana, two marijuana pipes, and 7 pills in Richburg’s car.  He is charged with one count of possessing cannabis and two counts possessing drug paraphernalia- all misdemeanor charges.

The school district issued a statement saying the arrest information has been forwarded to the Office of Professional Standards for “appropriate action.”  The statement furthers that with a felony arrest, the employee would be relieved of classroom duties pending the outcome of the investigation.  If found criminally guilty, a termination recommendation is made.  The district says that same protocol will be followed in this case, although right now Van Richburg is only charged with misdemeanor offenses.

Deputies continued to investigate the home and Davis gave them permission to see his phone, which had a text from “babydoll” asking if Davis needed anything.  Davis gave the deputies consent to respond to her.  After an exchange 20-year-old Emilia Catherine Hill of Fleming Island, who was later identified as “babydoll” drove up.  A police dog alerted deputies to the presence of drugs at which point they removed her from the car.

Detectives then found 7 syringes, marijuana remnants and 11 small blue pills in her purse, as well as $403 in cash.  She is charged with felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

The homeowner, Davis, is charged with felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and two misdemeanor charges- possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Justino tells me this is still an ongoing investigation and there could be more charges coming forward against the parties involved.

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