HOUSTON An Alief Independent School District teacher is accused of carrying 53 pounds of marijuana in her car as she traveled on Interstate 10 in Louisiana.

According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff s Department, Percy Melton was pulled over Tuesday morning between the towns of Vinton and Sulphur.

Deputies said Melton, a teacher at Elsik High School, was acting suspicious and initially refused to allow deputies to search her vehicle. A police dog alerted the officers to narcotics inside the car, and a search revealed the marijuana in two duffel bags.

The marijuana has a street value of $120,000, deputies said.

Melton was arrested and taken to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

She has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

An Alief ISD spokeswoman saidMelton is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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