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Teacher placed on leave after drug arrest
Newton County School System will investigate charges against pre-K instructor
Alma Nichole Jones
Alma Nichole Jones

COVINGTON, Ga. — A Newton County teacher has been placed on leave after her arrest on drug charges.

The Newton County School System said it is aware of the arrest of Alma Nichole Jones in Henry County.

The McDonough-based Flint Circuit Drug Task Force arrested Jones on Thursday night. She is charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, illegal drugs, marijuana or methamphetamine; one count of the purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana; and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of the attempt to commit certain felonies.

Jones is a pre-kindergarten teacher of children with special needs at Livingston Elementary School, according to the school’s website.

“We have been made aware of Ms. Jones’ arrest and have launched an investigation into the matter,” Sherri Davis, the director of public relations for the school system, said.

“She is currently on leave facing the outcome of that investigation.”

Jones is being held without bail after a court date Friday morning. She has another date in court at 2 p.m. June 12.

The county school board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Covington in a regular session.