An assistant superintendent of the Leon County School District resigned last weekend following his drug arrest Friday in Franklin County.
Paul W. Byrd Jr., 63, who oversees maintenance and transportation, has been with the Leon County schools for 29 years.
On mid-afternoon Friday, Feb. 28, deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on US. 98 near Lanark Village of the driver of a white Chevrolet truck for failure to wear a seatbelt, a violation of Florida Statutes Chapter 316.
After an officer observed Byrd’s vehicle turn on to Putnal Street, ahead of a traffic checkpoint conducted by the sheriff’s office, the car was stopped for the seatbelt violation.
While deputies warned Byrd for the violation, K-9 Officer Jody Martina had his canine partner Piper perform a sniff of the free air around the Chevy truck. Piper gave a positive alert for the odor of narcotics, the sheriff’s office reported.
Officers subsequently searched the vehicle and found approximately 31.6 grams of cocaine, eight types of controlled prescription medications, including two types of Dilaudid, two types of Xanax, Klonopin, Oxycodone, Librium and Darvocet; a set of digital scales; and $1,637 in US currency. All items were seized and placed into evidence at the sheriff's office.
Byrd was transported to the Franklin County Jail where he was charged with trafficking in controlled substance - cocaine; eight counts of possession of a controlled substance - prescription medications; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He paid a $28,000 bond and was released. – By DAVID ADLERSTEIN