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Holmes Staffer Ordered to Stay Away from School, Case Not Part of Federal Investigation

An employee at Holmes Middle School appeared in Kenton County District Court on Wednesday morning, accused of trafficking in ten or more dosage units of opiates.

The River City News has learned that the charge involves the alleged trafficking of pain pills.

Quincey Tyus, 26, is a security assistant at the Covington school and was arrested Tuesday afternoon. While the Kenton County Jail listed Tyus's arrest as having been conducted by the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Task Force, that agency said that it was the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders also confirmed that the DEA arrested Tyus.

Judge Douglas Grothaus set a preliminary hearing for next Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and ordered Tyus to stay 500 feet from the school.

Tyus's arrest comes amid news that the federal drug agency has questioned three employees at Holmes Middle, one teacher and two staff members, including Tyus. The teacher later resigned on her own volition and so far, only Tyus has been arrested.

Sanders said that Tyus's arrest resulted from a separate discovery during the federal investigation. "A federal investigation uncovered evidence he was trafficking pills but he's not part of the ring the DEA is after so he will be prosecuted on state charges," the prosecutor said.

Investigators opted to arrest Tyus at the school because they knew they could find him there, but his alleged trafficking is not related to the school or its students, Sanders said.

Tyus appeared in court via video from the Kenton County Detention Center in South Covington. He is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Garrison told district employees in an email on Tuesday that three employees had been questioned but that he was not certain as to the nature of the investigation.

The River City News will continue to follow this developing story. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or email us.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Quincey Tyus appeared in Kenton District Court via video on Wednesday/RCN