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May 16, 2014

School employee faces meth charges

VALDOSTA — A Valdosta Middle School paraprofessional was arrested Wednesday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Thursday.

On Wednesday evening, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office investigated citizen complaints about a residence at the 600 block of Georgia Avenue. After speaking with the resident, investigators conducted a search of the home and discovered a quantity of methamphetamine along with ingredients and components used for manufacturing meth, reports stated.

Specially trained officers dismantled and removed the lab components, and the resident, Beverly Strong, 49, was placed under arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of items used for the manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of tools for the commission of a crime, according to reports.

Strong works as a paraprofessional at Valdosta Middle School and was immediately placed on administrative leave after school officials learned of her arrest, said Jennifer Steedley with Valdosta City Schools. Strong has worked for the city school system since October 4, 2001 and all of her performance evaluations had been satisfactory, said Steedley, who added that further action concerning her employment will be determined at the next school board meeting in June.

Sheriff’s Lt. Stryde Jones said there is no indication that any drug activity was conducted on campus.

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