Teacher arrested in gun, drug cases

A teacher at Sunny Hills High School has been arrested after illicit drugs and an unloaded shotgun were found in his car in the school parking lot, authorities said.

Gregory Abbott, 31, of Placentia has taught history at the school for seven years, police said in a statement. He was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possessing a weapon on a school campus and possessing narcotics for sale.

Police said they made the arrest after receiving an anonymous phone tip that Abbott was selling drugs. The caller contacted police about 10 a.m. Tuesday to report that he had purchased drugs from a teacher at the high school named Abbott who kept a gun in his car, police said.

A school police officer then contacted administrators at the school, reached Abbott in his classroom and got permission to search his car. Inside, they found the shotgun, some prescription drugs and marijuana packaged for sale, police said.

Abbott was arrested without incident. He was being held at Fullerton City Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, police said.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Copyright © 2019, Los Angeles Times
EDITION: California | U.S. & World