Montrose ES cafeteria worker faces drug charges

Montrose ES cafeteria worker faces drug charges

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico school employee is off the job, after getting arrested for allegedly selling drugs. Cynthia Diane Barton, 37, has been released from jail. However, the Montrose Elementary School cafeteria worker still faces possession and intent to distribute charges for marijuana and spice.

Detectives say they took more than 190 grams of marijuana and over 110 grams of spice, a synthetic drug, from Barton's home in Sandston, off the 100 block of East Gray Street. A scale and packaging materials were also confiscated.

Police say none of the activity happened at the school.

"As long as she's not working at the school, everything should be okay," said Shanequa Ferguson, whose eight-year-old brother attends Montrose Elementary.

Barton is no longer on cafeteria duty. A Henrico schools spokesperson writes in a statement:

"It is important to make clear that none of the alleged activities took place on school property. The employee has been placed on leave, pending the outcome of the case."

Meantime, Hannah Redington who lives on Barton's block, said she found out about her neighbor's arrest from NBC12's breaking news app.

"It's pretty shocking because, knowing that she doesn't live that far away from me, and she's doing this stuff, is crazy," said Redington.

Barton is now awaiting her day in court. Parents of students at the school tell NBC12 the cafeteria worker's arrest hasn't changed their positive view on Montrose Elementary.

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