Monday, May 21, 2018
Public safety

Pasco County teacher suspended after marijuana arrest

A Pasco County teacher has been suspended after he was charged with possessing marijuana.

John Herig, 42, teaches mechanics at Marchman Technical Education Center, a career school in New Port Richey that accepts high school and adult students. He told Pasco sheriff's deputies that he works as a mechanic.

According to a report, Herig was pulled over around 7 p.m. June 17 for driving at 65 mph in a 40 mph zone on Little Road. A deputy smelled marijuana when Herig rolled down his window, and when the deputy asked if Herig had any in the car, Herig said he did in the front left pocket of his shorts.

Herig then pulled out a bag containing 29.5 grams of marijuana and gave it to the deputy.

He was arrested and released from jail that night on $5,000 bail.

Herig has been suspended without pay, said Pasco County School District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe. If convicted, he will most likely be fired.

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