Chatham County teacher suspended with pay while facing drug charges in Apex


Police said Ashley Nicole Dillon, 29, and Landon Scott Lucas, 23, were arrested Thursday after police served a drug search warrant at their home on Cassowary Lane.

Police said Dillon is employed by the Chatham County Schools. A search showed her as a seventh grade teacher at Horton Middle School. She began working in the district in 2011.

Superintendent of Chatham County schools Dr. Derrick D. Jordan told ABC11 that Dillon is suspended with pay, effective Thursday, pending an investigation by the school and police.

The school district released an official statement which said, "We are taking the necessary actions to ensure that the employees' duties are covered and that student learning is uninterrupted. Our focus is in providing safe and excellent instruction. Regardless of the outcome of this investigation, we will continue working to provide the best educational environment for our students."

Dillon and Lucas are charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dillon bonded out on a $10,000 secure bond Thursday morning. At last report, Lucas remained in jail on a $10,000 bond.

Both are scheduled for court Friday.

Meanwhile, ABC11 talked to someone who works with Dillon who said she is a "great teacher" and "kids adore her."

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