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Teacher arrested, accused of giving drugs to former students

MIDLAND, TX (KCBD) - A Midland High School speech and debate teacher was jailed in Lubbock Friday night, accused of distributing drugs to former students.  Authorities arrested Deborah Suzanne Morton, 56 Thursday in Lubbock.  She's charged with four counts of possession and distribution of a controlled substance.  Three men were also arrested.

The indictment was unsealed Friday in federal court. Morton is accused of possessing and distributing methadone, hydrocodone pills, marijuana and oxycodone between 2007 and this year.

She is also accused of receiving oxycodone from someone under 18 who is not a family member and distributing the drugs from her home, which is within 1,000 feet of Alamo Junior High School in Midland.

The Midland Reporter-Telegram reported that the school district place Morton on administrative leave after her arrest. She was in federal custody in Lubbock.

Copyright 2010 KCBD. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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