BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A tutor at the Match Charter Middle School in Jamaica Plain was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly received a package at the school containing 480 grams of a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine, authorities said.
Stephen Doran, 57, of Dorchester was arraigned Wednesday on charges of trafficking methamphetamine. He was held on $10,000 bail. If Doran posts bail, he must wear a GPS device and remain on home confinement except for medical appointments.
Authorities said after Doran left the school with the package at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. State police troopers pulled him over and opened the package, recovering two heat-sealed baggies containing 480 grams of crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine. Doran was placed under arrest, and because the substance was sent to the school he was additionally charged with violating the state's drug laws in a school zone.
Based on the seizure, authorities obtained another warrant to search Doran's Dorchester home. There they recovered an additional 38 grams of the substance and about $10,000 in cash, a digital scale, and other items consistent with drug distribution.
According to testimony, Doran has been battling stage III cancer for months and is undergoing chemotherapy.
Mike Larson, a spokesman for the Match Charter School, released a statement Wednesday following Doran's arrest saying in part that Doran, who had been employed by the school for nine months, was subject to a criminal offender registry check before he was hired; however, in light of recent events, Doran is no longer serving as a tutor at Match.
"We have no knowledge, nor any reason to believe, that any staff, teachers, or students were involved in this matter or were in danger in any way. We are cooperating completely with the police investigation, and are conducting our own internally. We are sharing all appropriate information with our staff, students and families to assure them of the safety of our school," the statement read.
Doran is also a former State Representative out of Lexington. He is expected to return to court June 24.
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