Lee Co. School District bus driver arrested on drug charges

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- A bus driver for the Lee County School District has been arrested on drug charges after Fort Myers police raided a home on Price Street.

Claunesha Irons, 26, was taken into custody, Friday morning. According to her arrest report, officers found cocaine, a gun, and ammunition inside the home, along with two infants. Irons was only charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

In 2007, she was caught driving without a license and pleaded no contest. She faced more serious charges in 2009 when she was arrested for marijuana possession and a weapons violation. Those charges were later dropped. In 2012, Irons had multiple traffic violations including speeding and driving without insurance. She pleaded no contest to one and was found guilty of the other.

WINK News asked the district if their mandatory background check uncovered these incidents. Their only response is that Irons has been “reassigned pending an internal inquiry.”

According to the district’s hiring guidelines, posted online, Irons’ traffic violations do not disqualify her from working for the district.

WINK News checked in with the Department of Children and Families about the two infants found inside the home but according to DCF officials, there are no active investigations.

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