DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver have arrested an eighth grade science teacher who is accused of selling ecstasy to an undercover cop.
Jordan Marcowitz was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly planned to meet and sell drugs to someone who was later revealed as an undercover officer at a gas station at Speer Boulevard and Zuni Street.
Marcowitz has been placed on administrative leave from his teaching position at Shadow Ridge Middle School.
Marcowitz is facing charges of possession and distribution of a controlled substance. The district attorney plans to formally charge him on Monday.
According to the arrest affidavit, Marcowitz, 31, was contacted by an officer over the phone asking to buy “molly,” which is also known as ecstasy, for $200.
Officers said they tracked Marcowitz from his home in Denver to a Shell gas station where the sale was made at a pay phone.
“We were just informed late last night that he had been arrested on a narcotics related charge,” Joe Ferdani with School District 12 said.
Officials with Adams 12 Five Star Schools placed Marcowitz on administrative leave while the case is pending. They were completely unaware that he was being investigated for selling drugs.
“I know that for any employee in the district, they go through a background check process and all staff are subject to a background check,” Ferdani said.
LINK: Arrest Affidavit