Possession of cocaine arrest for local teacher

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Updated: 3/21 10:56 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – A local basketball coach and teacher was arrested Thursday for for allegedly possessing crack cocaine.

Head varsity basketball coach and social studies teacher, James Boland, was arrested by Albany police and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Police said he was pulled over on the 200-block of North Pearl Street for a traffic violation when the crack cocaine was discovered.

The school issued a statement confirming that Boland, an employee since 1996, has been put on administrative leave.

"While the District cannot and should not speculate, we must act in a manner which protects the well-being of students while the questions and details of this issue are answered following a legal process," said South Colonie Superintendent Jonathan Buhner.

Parents who knew Boland were surprised by his arrest.

“I’m shocked,” Antonia Porcello said. “They’re supposed to be setting a good example for these kids.”

Many parents were wary of the influence he may have on students.

“It’s actually pretty scary to have a coach being a teacher and a role model and carrying drugs like that,” parent Gary lam said.

Christopher Beeker graduated from Colonie Central High in 2013 and had Boland for an economics teacher.

“He was just one of those teachers you could just come and relax in his class and crack jokes, but we still got out work done,” he said.

Boland has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation and applicable proceedings. 

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