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      La Villa teacher caught with crack cocaine

      Paul Jason Duke // Harlingen Police Department Photo

      A La Villa High School teacher is facing criminal charges after police found crack cocaine in his car moments after leaving a suspected drug dealer's home.

      Harlingen police arrested 49-year-old Paul Jason Duke on a possession of a controlled substance charge early Monday afternoon.

      Investigators told Action 4 News that police had a home on the 800 block of North D Street staked out due to complaints of drug dealing activity.

      Officers allegedly spotted Duke leaving the house in his car.

      Police reported finding crack cocaine on the floorboard of his car during a traffic stop.

      Duke appeared before a Harlingen Municipal Court judge on Tuesday where he was issued a $20,000 dollar bond.

      According to the Valley Morning Star, Duke works as a teacher at La Villa High School.

      Public records show that Duke lives off of North 1st Street at an apartment about five blocks away from the alleged drug dealer's home.

      Court records show that 49-year-old has a misdemeanor criminal history of criminal trespassing and driving while license invalid going back to 1997.