UPDATE 10/22/14: Christopher James Brydge was sentenced Wednesday to serve three years in prison on charges of possess schedule I/II drug, possession w/ intent to distribute marijuana between 1/2 oz and 5 pounds, and possess/distribute drugs on school property. Brydge pleaded guilty on July 17.
According to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, school staff and a resource officer found marijuana, a scale and packaging material in Brydge's Tallwood High School office and took him into a conference room for questioning. Further search of Brydge's office revealed a black case containing heroin, hypodermic needles, a burnt spoon and a lighter.
"During an interview with investigators, Brydge confessed to distributing marijuana and possessing heroin. He also told police that he had more marijuana in his Norfolk home. This was later recovered by police. As the investigation continued, officers learned that Brydge had sold marijuana to another teacher during school hours on school grounds," officials said in a news release.
VIRGINIA BEACH-A Va. Beach teacher has resigned after being charged with having drugs at school.
Police say Tallwood High administrators told the School Resource Officer Tuesday afternoon they thought 40-year-old Christopher James Brydge had the drugs.
Authorities say Brydge, who lives in Norfolk, is charged with Possession With the Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Sale of Narcotics On or Near School Property, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Police did not say where the items were found.
Va. Beach Schools spokeswoman Jennifer McCarrel told WVEC.com that Brydge worked for for the division from August 2000 to Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. He was an Instrumental music (strings/orchestra) teacher and had been at Tallwood since 2003.
Police stress there's no indication right now that Brydge was selling drugs to students or on the property. The charges are based on the quantity and evidence seized at the time of the arrest, said MPO James Cason Jr.
McCarrel also said a message about the situation will go home to parents tonight.