Teacher Resigns After Drug Charges

Southampton earth science teacher Michael Treco, 29, of Sea Cliff, resigned last month following his second arrest on drug possession charges.

On October 4, state police in Greenwich arrested Treco for allegedly possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms, cocaine, and marijuana.

A state trooper observed the defendant traveling south on state Route 29 with a broken brake light shortly after 10 PM, and upon pulling him over to address him about the problem, allegedly could smell marijuana coming from the interior of the car.

A probable-cause search of the vehicle revealed that Treco was in possession of approximately 10 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, one gram of cocaine, and five grams of marijuana, police said.

Treco was taken into custody and transported to the state trooper station in Greenwich for processing, and transported to Washington County Jail for centralized arraignment. He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a B felony; fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a D felony; and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

“Please be assured that students in those earth science classes are in great hands during this transition process,” read an email to parents signed by Southampton Principal Dr. Brian Zahn, Assistant Principal Susan Wright, and Dean of Students Sara Smith. “Although a mid-year teacher change is not ideal, we will continue to go to great lengths to ensure that our students are in the best learning environment possible.”

According to state police operating in the Town of Livingston — in Columbia County, NY — Treco was also pulled over January 16, 2015, for allegedly talking on his cellphone while driving. A subsequent search of his vehicle allegedly found marijuana, cocaine, and a club-like object. The controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon charges were both misdemeanors, and possession of marijuana, a violation. He was released with tickets for Livingston Town Court.

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