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School janitor arrested for having drugs on school property

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Anthony Piccolo. (Fairfield police photo) Anthony Piccolo. (Fairfield police photo)

A custodian was arrested for having drugs on the property of an elementary school.

Police said 48-year-old Anthony J. Piccolo faces charges for having marijuana on the grounds of the Mill Hill Elementary School in Fairfield.

Principal Kevin Chase told officers on Monday that Piccolo was suspected of possessing drugs.

During an investigation, police said they seized a small amount of the drug, two small containers of a "controlled substance" and drug paraphernalia. They said the items were taken from a vehicle parked in the school parking lot.

Chase wrote a letter to parents to inform them about what happened.

He said Piccolo was suspended from employment immediately and indefinitely.

"I can't stress enough that the children's safety remained a top priority and foremost on my mind," Chase wrote. "Furthermore, this arrest has nothing to do with the children at our school in any way."

Chase said the school remains safe and secure. He said the students' well-being was kept at the forefront of the investigation.

Piccolo was charged with possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession near a school, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

He was released on a promise to appear in court on Oct. 7.

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