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Posted: November 07, 2017

University of Georgia employee fired, accused of snorting cocaine in his office

Employee at University of Georgia Fired And Accused Of Snorting Cocaine In His Office

By Lauren Foreman, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A University of Georgia employee was fired after a coworker walked in on him snorting cocaine at his desk, according to details from a UGA police report and a school spokesman.

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It is unclear if Michael Wheeler, a former agent with UGA’s Cooperative Extension, was arrested in the incident last Friday.

He left shortly after coworker Karin Booth saw him using a rolled-up piece of paper to snort a substance police now believe was cocaine, according to the police report. 

“It is reasonable to believe that Wheeler was ingesting cocaine,” police concluded in the report.

They were called to the UGA Extension office Friday morning to collect evidence turned over by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

That evidence included cocaine found in the top drawer of Wheeler’s desk, a piece of paper rolled into a straw, two of Wheeler’s name tags and brown paper towels containing a white powdery substance, according to the report.

At some point during the police investigation, Wheeler returned to hand over office keys and was initially given an administrative suspension notice.

He was later fired, UGA spokesman Gregory Trevor confirmed. The extension office is part of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Wheeler left the scene without making a statement to authorities.

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