Brunswick Co. teacher suspended after drug trafficking arrest

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County teacher has been suspended after she was arrested on drug charges.

School district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the district placed Kelly Kiggins Hansen on administrative leave with pay effective yesterday pending the outcome of an investigation into charges filed yesterday.

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According to a warrant, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office charged Hansen with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance. According to the warrant, investigators say Hansen had between four and 14 grams of opium and 4.3 grams of dihydrocodeine.
Hansen, 49, of Shallotte, is a language arts teacher at Shallotte Middle School, Swencki said. She was hired on August 9, 2004. Her annual base salary is $40,000, according to Swencki.
Hansen is in jail under $100,000 bond.