UGA extension office employee fired, accused of snorting cocaine in his office

  • University of Georgia
  • 03/11/2017
UGA extension office employee fired, accused of snorting cocaine in his office
It is unclear if he has been arrested.

Campus police say they found cocaine in Michael Wheelers desk.

A University of Georgia employee was fired after a coworker walked in on him snorting cocaine at his desk, according to details from a UGA police report and a school spokesman.

It is unclear if Michael Wheeler, a former agent withUGAs Cooperative Extension, was arrested in the incident Friday.

He left shortly after coworker Karin Booth saw him using a rolled-up piece of paper to snort a substance police now believe was cocaine, according to the police report.

Police concluded in the report, it is reasonable to believe that Wheeler was ingesting cocaine.

They were called to the UGA Extension office, in the 700 block of Crescent Drive in Gainesville, about 10:30 a.m. Friday to collect evidence turned over by the Hall County Sheriffs Office.

That evidence included cocaine found in the top drawer of Wheelers desk, a piece of paper rolled into a straw, two of Wheelers name tags and brown paper towels containing a white powdery substance, according to the report.

At some point during the police investigation, Wheeler returned to hand over office keys and was intially given an administrative suspension notice.

He was later fired,UGA spokesmanGregory Trevor confirmed. The extension office is part of UGAs College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Wheeler, who lives in Buford, left the scene without making a statement to authorities.

A campus police spokesman refused to comment beyond the incident report and referred comment to a university spokesman.The university has not released a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  
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