Cops: Police find loaded gun, coke, pot in California teacher's car

Published On: May 10 2013 07:57:39 AM HST   Updated On: May 10 2013 08:06:08 AM HST

A Vacaville middle school teacher has been arrested after officers found cocaine, marijuana and a loaded handgun in his car, parked on school grounds, police said Thursday.

The Willis Jepson Middle School principal received a credible tip and passed it to police, who confirmed Bobby Chambers had the items in his vehicle, according to a news release from the Vacaville Police Department.

Chambers, a special-education teacher, consented to the vehicle search at about 10:10 a.m. at the school, at 580 Elder St.

The 53-year-old man is from Chico, despite teaching at Willis Jepson, nearly 120 miles away in Vacaville.

Investigators said he had less than one ounce of marijuana and extra ammunition in the car.

Chambers faces several drug and gun charges, and is now held at the Solano County Jail.

Students and parents were shocked to learn of his arrest.

"I’m hoping they did a thorough background check on him before he came here to teach, and it is shocking that someone would be teaching junior high kids in that situation," said Stacey Carmelich, a parent.

The school district said Chambers will be placed on leave while officials investigate. He has worked for the district since 2007, and been certified to teach since 1999. 


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