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Oct 29, 2019 3:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton High School Teacher Resigns After Being Arrested For Drug Possession

Nov 3, 2019 8:56 AM


A Southampton High School earth science teacher resigned last week after he was arrested upstate earlier this month on felony drug possession charges.

On October 22, the Southampton School Board accepted the resignation of Michael D. Treco, a 29-year-old Southampton resident, effective immediately.

According to a press release from the State Police, he was driving in Greenwich, New York, on October 4 shortly after 10 p.m. when he was pulled over because one of his brake lights was out. The state trooper reported the odor of marijuana coming from inside Mr. Treco’s vehicle when interviewing him and proceeded to conduct a search of the vehicle — finding 10 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, 1 gram of cocaine and 5 grams of marijuana.

Mr. Treco was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, both felonies, and unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree, a violation.

He was transported to State Police headquarters in Greenwich for processing and then transported to Washington County Jail for centralized arraignment, the press release stated.

High school administrators sent an email to parents informing them that the school district had accepted Mr. Treco’s resignation and that they were in the process of hiring a replacement. Another science teacher will teach his classes in the meantime, the email read.

“Please be assured that students in those Earth Science classes are in great hands during this transition process. Although a mid-year teacher change is not ideal, we will continue to go to great lengths to ensure that our students are in the best learning environment possible,” read the email, which was signed by Principal Dr. Brian Zahn, Assistant Principal Susan Wright and Dean of Students Sara Smith.

This was not Mr. Treco’s first arrest on drug possession charges, according to the Daily Freeman, a community newspaper in New York covering Ulster County and surrounding areas. Nearly five years ago, State Police arrested Mr. Treco in Livingston, New York, and charged him with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon, both misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

That time, Mr. Treco was stopped for talking on his cellphone while driving, and a subsequent search of his vehicle found marijuana, cocaine and a “blackjack-type weapon,” according to the newspaper report. He was released on tickets for Livingston Town Court.

Dr. Zahn and Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Dyno could not be immediately reached for comment.

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