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Saturday, March 05, 2005

Police find marijuana-growing operation in in dead teacher's home

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE -- Police who went to check on a high school teacher found him dead in his home along with a marijuana growing operation.

After Terry Parker High School earth science teacher Terry Hannabas, 55, failed to show up for work for two days, police broke into his locked house and found him dead in the bathroom. Foul play is not suspected, but authorities have not determined a cause of death.

Police found marijuana growing in two bedrooms of the house. They seized 76 marijuana plants; equipment that included a ventilation fan, two scales, an odor elimination device, rolling papers, a bong, several pipes and three tanks of carbon dioxide.

The discovery of Hannabas' body came a few hours after a colleague at Terry Parker, Lamar West Minton III, 46, was released on his own recognizance following his arrest Tuesday on felony drug charges.

Hannabas' colleague, Minton, a driver's education teacher, faces charges of cultivating marijuana, possessing more than 20 grams of the drug and having a fake driver's license. Police found 40 marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia and a bag of drug's inside Minton's home.


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