Duplin County teacher in court on meth charges

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A popular high school teacher was out of the classroom and in the courtroom today on meth charges.

Duplin County deputies last week arrested James Jones, 31, of Beulaville, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, three counts of sell/deliver methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substances.

Jones is now on paid suspension from his duties at East Duplin High School where he teaches English, history, and journalism.

Arrest warrants say on January 16th, the teacher delivered crystal meth to a "testifying witness" and that there was probable cause to believe Jones made the crystal meth.

Jones, who has since posted bail, was named teacher of the year for East Duplin High School last year.

The school system said Jones has been with them since September 2009. His profile says he is also senior advisor and yearbook advisor,

Records show that Jones was due in court Friday morning on the charges.