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Dallas Co. principal arrested by DEA

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Aaron McKinley (Source: Selma Police Dept.) Aaron McKinley (Source: Selma Police Dept.)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and members of the Selma Police Department Drug Unit have taken a Dallas County school principal into custody.

The principal, Aaron McKinley, works at Shiloh Elementary School.

Investigators took McKinley into custody just before noon Thursday and charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute drugs. The drugs were identified as Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.

The Dallas County School Board released the following statement:

"We are both shocked and saddened about the allegation involving Mr. McKinley. However, we will take the necessary steps to protect our students and the reputation of the Dallas County Board of Education. Also, we would like our parents to know that Shiloh's designated Assistant Principal and certified administrator, Mrs. Jackie Averhart, will serve as the chief school administrator for the next week."

Police say they arrested McKinley after observing him selling drugs to an individual while on school property.

Further charges are pending this investigation, according to Selma Police Chief William T. Riley. After being arrested, McKinley reportedly acknowledged purchasing a vehicle he believed may have been stolen.

Authorities checked the background on McKinley's 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck and found that it had been reported stolen from the Thomasville area in September 2008. The vehicle was recovered on Pecan Drive.

McKinley has been transported to Mobile. Additional booking information is not immediately available.

WSFA 12 News will have additional information as it becomes available.

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