On Thursday, October 15, 2015, PCSO deputies responded to Sleepy Hill Middle School in Lakeland to investigate an anonymous tip in reference to Polk County School Board employee 41-year-old Carolyn Jackson of Lakeland, who is employed as the cafeteria manager, being in possession of illegal narcotics.
When deputies made contact with Jackson and searched her purse, they found a digital scale, glass pipe, individual clear baggies, three and a half Xanax pills, marijuana, and a plastic bag with Methamphetamine residue in it. She was arrested and charged with one count each Possession of Marijuana Less than 20 Grams, Possession of Prescription Drug Without a Prescription, Possession of Paraphernalia/Smoking Device, and Possession of Methamphetamine, and 62 counts of Possession of Paraphernalia/Container for the baggies (for a total of 66 charges).
She is being held in the Polk County Jail on $1000 bond for Possession of Meth; $250 bond for Possession of Prescription Drug Without a Prescription; and $500 bond per each of the remaining 64 charges.
At this time there is no indication that Jackson was selling or providing illegal narcotics to anyone at the school. Jackson's home was subsequently searched but no illegal contraband was found. She has been in the Polk County Jail on one prior occasion, for Aggravated Battery Domestic Violence. Those charges were later dropped.
Please refer any inquiries about her employment to the Polk County School Board.