- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Federal authorities have taken a Columbus Middle School educator into custody after a grand jury indicted the teacher on charges of aiding a methamphetamine ring.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1PC8lof) Paul Jackson, who is listed as “lead eighth grade teacher” on the Columbus Municipal School District’s website, was arrested Tuesday morning.

Superintendent Philip Hickman told The Dispatch Jackson was arrested at the school’s campus. Hickman says Jackson has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Jackson is one of 14 people named in an 11-count federal indictment. The indictment is dated Dec. 11, 2015. It was unsealed Tuesday.

Jackson made his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday in Aberdeen. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

He remains in custody.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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