Drug Charges Pile Up Against High School Dean

Police find pot-growing evidence in basement

By Matt Bartosik
|  Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010  |  Updated 6:29 AM CDT
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Kids, pay attention. This is your dean. And this is your dean on drugs. Any questions?

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Kids, pay attention. This is your dean. And this is your dean on drugs. Any questions?

Candace Blanton of Zion was arrested last week after police found "evidence of a marijuana-growing operation" in her basement, while executing a search warrant.

Blanton, 38, is the freshman and sophomore dean at Zion-Benton Township High School.

Ms. Blanton, you're supposed to give your students a good influence, not put them under the influence.

The school administrator was charged with multiple offenses on February 1, according to police, including unlawful possession of a marijuana plant, unlawful possession of cannabis, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with a felony count of obstructing justice.

"Based on information received from the Zion police department ... the [school] administration has placed Ms. Blanton on paid administrative leave pending further investigation of the charges," school officials stated in a news release.

Blanton appeared in Lake County Bond Court on February 2 and was released on a $150,000 recognizance bond, police said.

We must've missed the day they covered pot-growing in Home Ec.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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