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Former MCPS social worker faces felony drug charges

Marie Dibble

A former Missoula County Public School social worker faces felony drug charges after prosecutors say she was found in possession of heroin, meth and psilocybin mushrooms at her home in Missoula County.

We first reported the story last week, after a viewer tipped us off to possible drug activity at a Missoula middle school. At that time, the district said there was no evidence the employee had drugs on school grounds and put an unidentified staff member on leave.

We later confirmed that employee was Marie Dibble. According to a now-retired school district web page, Dibble worked as a social worker at Meadow Hill Middle School.

According to charging documents, filed April 18, Dibble and her boyfriend, Jeffrey King, were found in possession of drug paraphernalia, scales, a ledger, seven baggies of what tested as meth, two baggies of heroin and a small amount of psilocybin mushrooms.

King is on probation and state corrections officials say he absconded. He has a record for drug dealing in Missoula County.

Prosecutors have now charged Dibble with two felonies with intent to distribute and one misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia.

Today, nearly a week after Dibble was formally charged, NBC Montana went to the school district with questions about Dibble's employment. Hours later, the District issued a public statement to media outlets and parents. In it, a district spokesperson writes, “We continue to hold our belief that none of these substances were ever present on or near the school campus. It is our understanding that this was a situation involving an adult engaged in alleged illegal activity outside of her role at the school. As a preventative measure, we closed off the staff member’s former office and are conducting tests of the site immediately to determine if there is any need for remediation. “

The following is the full statement sent out by Missoula County Public Schools:

The principal at Meadow Hill Middle School sent the following message to families:

Dear Meadow Hill Families,

Last week you heard news reports about a staff member who no longer works at Meadow Hill being charged with illegal drug activity. That staff member was Marie Dibble and she served as our school social worker from August 2017 to April 2018. You may hear more in the news tonight as her case proceeds through the legal system.

Our statement to the media last week was based on the information we had at the time, which included the charges filed by the Missoula County Attorney’s office. We have now received information about additional drugs found at her home by law enforcement.

I want to continue to affirm that we have no evidence to suggest that any illegal activity related to this case ever occurred on or near our campus and that she was never under the influence while at school. It is our understanding that this was a situation involving an adult engaged in alleged illegal activity outside of her role at the school.

As a preventative measure, we closed her former office and are conducting tests of the site immediately to determine if there is any need for remediation.

Please contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Christina Stevens

Principal

Meadow Hill Middle School

The full court documents are below:


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