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Santa Clara School Principal Arrested On Drug Charges

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Eric Dean Lewis

Eric Lewis (Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office)

SANTA CLARA (CBS/AP) — The principal of a Santa Clara elementary school has been arrested on suspicion of possessing crystal methamphetamine for sale.

State prosecutors say Eric Dean Lewis was taken into custody on Friday after he arranged to meet an undercover officer he encountered on an online dating site at a Caltrain station and provide him with narcotics.

California Department of Justice spokeswoman Michelle Gregory says police began investigating Lewis after getting a tip that the Montague Elementary School principal was involved in drugs. The San Mateo County Times reported authorities searched Lewis’ house after his arrest and found a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine and the club drug GHB.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Santa Clara Unified School District authorities say Lewis has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

Lewis, of San Francisco, was booked into Santa Clara County jail. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

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