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Duval teacher among 3 arrested on Clay drug charges

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A search warrant served on a home in the 1900 block of Calusa Trail on Wednesday resulted in three people being arrested on drug charges, including a Duval County Public Schools teacher.

The resident of the home, Robert Alan Davis, 25, was arrested after the Clay County Sheriff's Office Strategic Response Division served the warrant. Davis was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis and possession/use of drug paraphernalia.

James Van Richburg, 38, a teacher at James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School, was charged with possession of a prescription drug without a prescription while armed with a handgun, two counts of possession/use of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis and resisting an officer without violence.

According to James Weldon Johnson's website, Richburg is listed as a seventh grade teacher.

Emilia Catherine Hill, 20, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Davis was arrested at 6 p.m. Wednesday and deputies found in his possession two Lortab pills, .6 grams of cannabis, a water bong, pipes, syringes/needles and two marijuana bongs, according to a Clay County Sheriff's Office report.

Davis' Clay County record includes 17 previous arrests dating back to 2006, including petit theft, shoplifting and driving without a valid motorcycle license.

Hill was then arrested at the residence just before 8 p.m. after deputies asked Davis if they could respond to a text from a contact in his phone called "babydoll."

The contact, later verified to be Hill, asked who she thought to be Davis via text if he needed anything. The officer, responding as Davis responded with "'8' meaning 8 pills," according to the report.

Hill then arrived at the house and was removed from her vehicle after a K-9 officer "alerted" on her vehicle. Deputies found in her vehicle eight Roxicodone pills, three Oxycodone pills, a small piece of plastic that was later found to have trace amounts of marijuana and $403 in cash.

Deputies continued using Davis' phone to solicit drug transactions and Richburg came to the residence. Police made contact with him while he was in his vehicle, asking him to turn off the car, open the driver's door and put his hands on his head.

Richburg did not comply, according to the report, and officers then saw him reach with his right hand between his legs. A struggle ensued, and Richburg was eventually placed on the ground and handcuffed.

In a brown backpack in Richburg's car, officers found a .38 caliber handgun, two grams of marijuana, a marijuana grinder and seven total pills, including one Oxycodone.

All three were transported and booked into the Clay County Jail.

Duval County Public Schools released the following statement on Richburg's arrest:

"The district receives notice of arrests that occur in the state of Florida for all employees. Upon receipt, this information is supplied to the Office of Professional Standards for appropriate action. The results of disciplinary actions, if any, are provided to the media upon conclusion of the investigation.  

"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. The above mentioned protocol will be followed for James Van Richburg."

After the arrests, Richburg's students took to Facebook and Twitter, pleading to "Free Richburg."


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