School janitor charged with drug trafficking - WDRB 41 Louisville News

School janitor charged with drug trafficking


LOUSIVILLE, Ky (WDRB Fox 41) -- The parking lot at Tully Elementary is the last place you would expect to see a drug deal. But Jeffersontown police say Christopher Roland - a school night janitor - routinely sold marijuana from the trunk of his car. His buyers would meet him in the school parking lot.

"We believe he would meet them at the school, on school property, and distribute the marijuana," says Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders.

Police received a tip last week about Roland dealing dope on school grounds. They sent out a

K-9 officer Friday afternoon. The dog immediately locked in on Roland's brown Toyota Camry. The police report says Roland watched the officers and acted like he was cleaning. He eventually came out to his car and opened the trunk for police.

"We found some marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle," says Chief Sanders. "It was packaged for sale, less than 8 ounces."

Jeffersontown police arrested Rowland shortly after 3 o'clock in the afternoon at Tully elementary. Kids were still in school at the time. Rowland is charged with trafficking a controlled substance within a 1000 yards of school and trafficking marijuana under 8 ounces.

"We don't have any information or any indication to believe that any children have been involved," says JCPS spokeswoman Lauren Roberts.

And police don't believe Roland was selling drugs to teachers or faculty. But several Tully parents have called the Kentucky State Board of Education with concerns. Grandparent Mike Reilly says he can't believe someone would deal drugs so close to elementary school children.

"I think it's despicable," says Reilly. "You fear for your kids when you send them off to high school because you know that it's out there. But at an elementary school and especially in the Jeffersontown area, East side of Louisville, you don't think it's going to happen."

Roland has a clean rap sheet in Jefferson County. Roberts says Roland has a good record with the school since starting in 2006. She says the 26-year-old janitor is not working at Tully until his case is resolved.

"If these charges are proven and he is convicted, then that is an automatic termination," says Roberts.

Police also found more than $337 in Roland's pocket. They seized it, believing it to be drug proceeds.

Chief Sanders says this bust would not have been possible if it hadn't been for K9 officer Blitz. He is the first drug dog for Jeffersontown police. He's started with the force 6 months ago and has assisted fellow officers in several drug stings.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Police have accused the janitor of a local elementary school of selling drugs.

26-year-old Christopher D. Roland was the night custodian of Tully Elementary School in Jeffersontown, Ky. on Friday when police detectives received a tip that he was selling marijuana there. According to an arrest report obtained by Fox 41, police went to the school and a K9 drug dog made a positive indication for drugs in the rear bumper/trunk area of Roland's vehicle.

Police say that, while this was going on, Roland was watching them from a distance, "acting like he was cleaning."

Roland approached police and agreed to open his trunk for a search. Police say they found a large plastic bag with several baggies of marijuana packaged for sale. They also found $337 in his pocket, which they say are drug proceeds.

He was charged with trafficking in controlled substances and trafficking in marijuana. A district spokesperson tells that Roland has worked there since 2006 and the school has never had a problem with him.

They said he is no longer working at the school, and will not be reinstated unless he is cleared of charges through the investigation.

Roland had no prior charges in Jefferson County, according to Metro Corrections.

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