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Ticonderoga school employee faces cocaine charges

TICONDEROGA There will be no tolerance for illegal drugs in the Ticonderoga Central School District. John McDonald made that clear following the arrest of a school custodian on cocaine charges March 31. We will not tolerate this type of behavior and will take the appropriate steps to deal with this issue, McDonald said. Donald R. Handy, 49, of Pinnacle Street, Ticonderoga, was stopped by state police on Mount Hope Avenue as he drove to work at Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School. Police said he was carrying almost 100 grams of cocaine. Handy is employed as an evening-shift custodian for the school district. We are in consultation with our attorney and will be taking action at our next board of education meeting, McDonald said. Fortunately he worked on the evening shift and had very little, if any, contact with students. Handy was charged with two counts of felony third-degree sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. Handy went before Ticonderoga Justice James OBryan, who sent him to the Essex County Jail when he couldnt pay $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bail bond. Handy had 98.3 grams of cocaine in his possession when he was stopped at 2:45 p.m. , police said. He is also accused of having one rolled marijuana cigarette in his pocket. The 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck that Handy was driving was impounded by state police and taken to Troop B headquarters at Ray Brook for processing. Ticonderoga town police assisted state police. Police are continuing to investigate.

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