AYNOR, SC (WMBF) – An Aynor High School teacher was arrested and charged after he allegedly had methamphetamine sent to him in the mail, according to an Horry County Police report.
Robert Dean Johnson, 51, of Galivants Ferry, was arrested by Horry County Police on Tuesday and charged with manufacturing, distribution, possession with intent to distribute crank or cocaine, first offense, according to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
On September 8, Horry County Police investigated a suspicious package that arrived at the U.S. Post Office in Aynor, according to the HCPD report. A police canine gave a positive alert on the suspicious package, and the U.S. Postal Inspector then obtained a federal search warrant for the package.
After opening it, officers found a baggy of crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
At about 4 p.m., officers at the post office saw Johnson walk in and take possession of the package. They then stopped him outside the building and advised him of his Miranda rights. Johnson told police he was picking the package up for himself, it did not belong to him, and he knew it did contain meth. He was then placed under arrest and taken to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Johnson began teaching for Horry County Schools in 2007 as a substitute, and started teaching career and technology classes at Aynor High in 2009, confirmed Teal Britton with Horry County Schools. Johnson is on paid administrative leave, effective Wednesday, she added. A page on the HCS website shows Johnson was awarded 2012 teacher of the year at Aynor High School.
Johnson was incarcerated at J. Reuben Long and released on a personal recognizance bond, essentially a verbal confirmation that he will appear in court.
One woman posted on WMBF's facebook page, "This is so sad. He was such a great teacher!!! My oldest had him and absolutely adored him. He was a great mentor. I just don't understand!"
Johnson's next court date is set for November 13 at 1 p.m.