A Dundee Elementary School fifth-grade teacher is accused of selling marijuana from her Aksarben home and possessing psychedelic mushrooms.
Mary M. Duffy, 57, has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance. If convicted of both charges, she faces a maximum of 22 years in prison. A 46-year-old man who lives with Duffy was arrested on the same charges.
Omaha police searched Duffy’s trash outside her home near 60th and Oak Streets and found a zip-lock bag with “Pure OG Kush” written on it with suspected marijuana residue inside. Another bag was labeled “PINEAPPLE.”
Officers wrote that the gallon-sized bags were indicators of “someone possessing marijuana with intent to distribute,” according to court documents.
Police obtained a warrant to search the residence and found several stashes of marijuana totaling 130 grams, or nearly one-third of a pound, several pipes with apparent marijuana residue, rolling papers and nearly 30 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms in various rooms and Duffy’s vehicle.
Duffy was ordered held on $10,000 bail by Douglas County Judge Jeffrey Marcuzzo on April 19. She posted the required 10 percent, or $1,000, and was released from the Douglas County Jail that day.
According to Dundee Elementary’s school website, Duffy teaches science, social science and writing to fifth-graders. She has been a teacher since graduating from National Louis University in 1994, and has been with the Omaha Public Schools since 2002.
Monique Farmer, a spokeswoman for the district, said Duffy has been placed on administrative leave, pending a full investigation.
“We are aware of the situation, which did not take place at school and is unrelated to the school,” Farmer wrote in a statement.