Visalia police have arrested a school janitor on suspicion of possession of illegal drugs for sale and are investigating whether he sold them to students.
Christopher Dean McGowen, 22, a janitor at the Visalia Charter Independent Study campus, was arrested Friday after police received information from Visalia Unified School District that he may have been selling marijuana to students.
About 7 a.m. Friday, narcotics and gang suppression unit officers served a search warrant at McGowen’s home in the 1600 block of South West Street.
Police found a honey oil extract lab in the garage; LSD, MDMA, marijuana and psilocybin in the bedroom that were for sales; and counterfeit money, digital scales and packaging materials.
It is unknown if he sold narcotics to students, police said.
He was booked into the Tulare County jail for possession of illegal drugs for sale, manufacturing concentrated cannabis and possession of counterfeit currency.
Visalia Unified said McGowen has been a custodian at the charter school since April 2014 and was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.