West Des Moines teacher faces drug charges after Marijuana found in Car

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on March 21, 2017.

In an unprecedented incident, a West Des Moines junior high school teacher is facing misdemeanor drug charges after police found a small amount of marijuana and a pipe with marijuana residue in her car.

According to the court documents, Katherine Seiberling was arrested by the city police on Thursday.

Traffic cop Jake Forrester pulled Seiberling at around 8 p.m. for a broken headlight in the 200 block of Valley West Drive. Officials smelled marijuana and noted her eyes were bloodshot. While speaking to officials, she talked in a “slow and deliberate tone,” and admitted to having small amount of marijuana in her car.

Thirty-eight years old Seiberling is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and a Schedule I controlled substance, who admitted before the officials that she had smoked marijuana when she started driving.

She was sent to the Polk County Jail and released on Friday after depositing a $1,000 bond. She is now scheduled to appear in the court on March 24.

However, the court records show that there is no previous arrest for Seiberling, though the court records can be expunged if a defendant receives a deferred judgment or a charge is dismissed.

Seiberling is listed on the West Des Moines Community Schools' website as an eighth grade language arts teacher at Stilwell Junior High and as a student council sponsor.

So far, the West Des Moines school district has not put its view in this regard though the district policy says teachers are required to pass a drug test before taking the jobs in the district.

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