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Bibb County fires high school teacher who was indicted on drug-related charges

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A second-year teacher at Central High School was fired Tuesday night by the Bibb County Board of Education.

Board members were following the Bibb County School District’s recommendation to terminate Eric Luke after his indictment in Wilkes County on drug-related charges, said Stephanie Hartley, director of communications for the school district.

The district was notified this past summer of Luke’s indictment on various charges related to drug possession, Hartley said in an email.

As a result, Luke was not allowed to return this school year and the district began the dismissal process, she said.

The disciplinary action took place at a called board meeting.

Luke, 48, allegedly sold marijuana to a confidential informant for two Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office investigators about 8 p.m. May 22, 2017 at a Wilkes County residence, according to a sheriff’s incident report.

Luke was arrested June 8, 2018, and charged with four counts of possession, manufacture and distribution of drugs, including marijuana and methamphetamine, according to a sheriff’s arrest and booking report. He was also charged with possession of a gun or knife during the commission of crime and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

On Aug. 18 of this year, a Wilcox County grand jury handed up an 11-count indictment against Luke on one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and six counts of possession of controlled substances.

The controlled substances include oxycodone, amphetamine, hydrocodone and alprazolam, the indictment said.

Other charges in the indictment include two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime — a pistol and a rifle, and one count of possession of tools for the commission of a crime — digital scales and plastic baggies.

Bill Doupe, district attorney for the Toombs Judicial Circuit, which includes Wilkes County, said Luke’s trial is expected the week of Nov. 5 in Wilkes County.

Luke was not reached for comment. His attorney, Lucy Bell of Thomson, could not be reached immediately for comment.

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