ST. CLOUD — Like many school boards, the Osceola District School Board has a rule known as 1.18, the Drug-Free Workplace, which mandates that no employee of the School Board shall manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess any drugs.
That policy is likely to create problems for the principal of a local elementary school, who was arrested on Friday and charged with providing drugs to an undercover agent.
David Ryan Groover, 43, the principal at Partin Settlement Elementary School in Kissimmee, was arrested on Friday after an unvercover investigation that started when Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies got “a complaint of possible drug activity at Groover’s residence,” noted Twis Lizasuain, public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the arrest.
Following up on the tip, on Friday deputies conducted an undercover operation, in which an agent posing as a buyer arranged to purchase methamphetamines and GHB at Groover’s home at 6180 Alligator Lake Shore in St. Cloud.
According to Lizasuain, Groover had agreed to sell the prescribed medication to the agent. Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant and form of psychoactive drug that increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria and enhance self-esteem. It triggers a cascading release of dopamine in the brain.
Methamphetamine is approved by the Federal Drug Administration for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and obesity.
GHB is mainly used as a general anesthetic, and to treat conditions like insomnia, clinical depression, narcolepsy, and alcoholism, and to improve athletic performance.
Groover was arrested at the scene, and deputies then conducted a search warrant on his home, where they found methamphetamine, marijuana, GHB and drug paraphernalia.
“Based on the investigation and evidence recovered, Groover was booked into the Osceola County Jail,” Lizasuain said.
He was charged with delivery and possession of methamphetamine, delivery and possession of a GHB-controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, Stanololol, possession of marijuana under 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
This isn’t the first time Groover has had trouble with the law. In March 22 2009, Groover was driving on Narcoossee Road at 4:10 a.m. when deputies pulled him over for driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Because he had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and struggled to walk, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. His drivers license was suspended for a year, but Groover did not lose his position as Partin’s principal.
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