Harris Co. teacher and son arrested on marijuana, firearm charges

HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - A Harris County High School teacher and her son were recently arrested by authorities.

Claudia Bray and her 18-year-old son Colton Stephens are accused of inviting teenagers to their house in Cataula where marijuana was smoked and distributed.

Bray and Stephens were arrested Tuesday and charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects. They were also charged with committing a felony while a firearm was present.

Deputies also took Clayton Smith, 18, into custody at the house.  Authorities said he is a current student at the school where Bray teaches.

Sgt. Glenn Presley said, "The sheriff's office has been receiving tips and complaints on this residence for some time that teenagers are going over there and being allowed to drink and have parties."

The final straw came when Harris County Sheriff's deputies pulled over two young men on Highway 315 who had marijuana in their car.

One of the men who was pulled over in that vehicle contacted WTVM on Friday to explain that investigators connected him to Bray because they were watching her house and they saw him pull out of her driveway.  He said their reason for pulling him over was for a seatbelt violation.

Moments later, law enforcement was at her doorstep. Sgt. Presley said Bray invited them inside and that's where they found drug-related objects and marijuana.

"It was not a very large amount of marijuana, however, all evidence indicated that some marijuana had been flushed while we were there, trying to get someone to the door actually," said Sgt. Presley.

Investigators said they have reason to believe Mrs. Bray was well aware of what was going on in her house.

She and the two young men were released after posting bond Wednesday.

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