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Third School Employee Indicted on Drug Charge

Two more former employees of Covington Independent Public Schools have been indicted on a drug charge.

Last month, news began to surface of a drug investigation involving federal agents interviewing three employees at Holmes Middle School. The first name revealed publicly was Quincey Tyus, 26, a security assistant at the school. He arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and pleaded not guilty. On Thursday, a Kenton County Grand Jury indicted him. The drug listed on the indictment was oxycodone and Tyus is accused of trafficking ten or more dosage units.

The indictment was handed down two hours after former seventh grade teacher Arin Staples pleaded guilty to a charge related to having cocaine delivered to her on the school's campus. She accepted a plea deal that would put her on probation for three years and force her to relinquish her teaching license. She awaits final sentencing in October.

The name of the third suspect questioned by investigators in August had not been released until Thursday afternoon.

Tony Johnson was indicted on a charge of criminal conspiracy, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense), four grams or more of cocaine.

Like Tyus, Johnson was a security assistant at the school. None of the three involved in the investigation is currently employed by the district, a schools official confirmed.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders told The River City News on Thursday that the three were caught up in a larger investigation and that there are no more suspects related to the Covington Independent Public School District.

"We cleared up the problem at Holmes High School as it relates to this individual," Sanders said after Staples entered her guilty plea. "We've got a couple more that we are proceeding against as well. All of these folks came out of an unrelated investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency of a drug-trafficking ring that has nothing to do with Holmes or the Covington public school district."

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Kenton County Building/RCN file