Special education teacher arrested on drug charges

A Newton County special education teacher was arrested in Henry County on drug trafficking charges.

Alma Nichole Jones, 33, teaches pre-kindergarten students at Livingston Elementary School. She is on administrative leave pending a Newton County Schools investigation, a school spokeswoman said.

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On May 10, Jones was arrested along with Adrian Vernay Barlow, 35, at a home in McDonough. Drug Task Force officers confiscated about two pounds of powder and suspected crack cocaine, a felony amount of suspected marijuana and a rifle.

Drug Task Force commander Maj. Chad Rosborough said his team executed a search warrant after a monthlong investigation into activities at the home, located in the 1100 block of Crossing Boulevard.

The powder and suspected cocaine was packaged for resale, Rosborough said in a news release.

Jones and Barlow were arrested on felony charges of trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana. Barlow also faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Neither Jones nor Barlow were granted bond. Both are being held in the Henry County Jail.

According to jail records, Jones is pregnant.

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