Duval County teacher among 3 arrested in Clay County drug bust

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:44:02 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 24 2013 06:22:07 PM EST

VIDEO: Clay Co. investigators arrest James Richburg, a teacher for Duval Co., on drug charges.

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -

A Duval County school teacher was among three arrested on drug charges Wednesday evening in Clay County.

Deputies were serving a search warrant at the home of 25-year-old Robert Davis on Calusa Trail about 6 p.m. when two others, James Van Richburg and Emilia Hill, later arrived at the home after Davis' arrest while deputies were still there.

Richburg, 38, is a teacher at James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School. Deputies said he showed up for a drug transaction.

Richburg was charged with possession of a prescription drug without a prescription while armed with a handgun, a .38 caliber Taurus. Deputies said he was also in possession of 2 grams of marijuana, a marijuana grinder and two marijuana pipes.

Richburg is also charged with resisting arrest without violence after deputies said he refused to get out of his car when he pulled up to the home.

"When somebody gets stopped by law enforcement and they identify themselves as such, they need to comply with the orders," said Capt. Barry Abramowitz, of the Clay County Sheriff's Office. "At this point, he didn't comply and he was removed from the vehicle and subsequently arrested."

As for Davis, deputies said he was in possession of two Lortab pills, .6 grams of marijuana, a water bong, syringes and several marijuana pipes.

Davis has 17 prior arrests in Clay County on charges including drug possession, theft and traffic violations.

Deputies said Hill, 20, who went by the name "Babydoll," texted Davis' phone to set up a drug transaction. They said they reviewed the phone and found the text messages. A deputy texted Hill back saying he needed eight pills, and she agreed and said she was on the way to the home. When Hill arrived, she was arrested.

All three were booked into the Clay County jail. Van Richburg was being held with bail set at $31,007.

Duval County schools released a statement saying all district employees arrested for felony offenses are relieved of classroom duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

"If criminal proceedings result in a guilty verdict, a recommendation for termination will be made," spokeswoman Wendy Lehockey wrote. "The above mentioned protocol will be followed for James Van Richburg."

Richburg taught language arts for two and a half years and is currently teaching science at the academic magnet middle school.

Security officers at the school locked the gates at multiple exits when Channel 4 arrived Thursday afternoon, and both students and parents were told not to talk to the media at the school.

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