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Nunez arrested while driving Lucia Mar district vehicle

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit on Thursday arrested a Lucia Mar Unified School District bus driver on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale.

Around 2 p.m., narcotics unit deputies stopped a Lucia Mar school bus in the 700 block of Huasna Road in Arroyo Grande driven by April Annamarie Nunez of Nipomo. At the time of the stop, the 31-year-old Nunez was alone on the bus, a sheriff’s spokesman said.



“No drugs were found on the bus. No paraphernalia was found on the bus,” said Michelle Ellis, Lucia Mar assistant superintendent for human relations.

During the following investigation, detectives allegedly found a small amount of methamphetamine, a scale and packaging materials in Nunez’s car.

She also was allegedly carrying approximately $1,200, leading investigators to believe she was selling the drugs. Sheriff’s investigators said they don’t think she was selling to schoolchildren.

Nunez first went to work for the school district in 2004, Ellis said. She worked for about a year, quit for a brief time and was rehired in 2006.

Ellis said the district does fingerprint checks with the Department of Justice for all employees and volunteers, and she said Nunez passed that check “with flying colors.” She also said Nunez participated in a random drug testing program required by the Department of Transportation and has passed many tests during her employment, the most recent in August 2012.

Nunez was booked into County Jail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale.

“She was placed on administrative leave, and we’re cooperating with law enforcement in this investigation,” Ellis said.



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