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Holt Middle School Employee Arrested for Dealing Steroids

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Holt Middle School employee is accused of dealing steroids around Northwest Arkansas.
FAYETTEVILLE -- A Holt Middle School employee is accused of dealing steroids around Northwest Arkansas.

According to police, for the past 2 months, Detectives with the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force have been investigating Nathan Otwell.

With the help of informants, detectives said they purchased more than 265 grams of steroid from Otwell while wearing a listening/recording device.

During a search of his Elm Springs home on Wednesday, investigtors recovered 20.72 grams of suspected powdered steroid and drug paraphernalia used to process, package and weigh the steroid. Detectives also found in the bathroom of the residence 3 capsules of suspected steroid weighing 1.67 grams in a bottle that had been marked with a marker “D-Bol” which is a type of steroid.

Otwell was arrested Thursday at Holt Middle School where, according to the district, he runs the in-school suspension program.

The Fayetteville School District released the following statement Thursday:

"Holt Middle School staff member Nathan Otwell was arrested today on charges of possession and delivery of a controlled substance (steroids). He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Otwell was the In School Suspension supervisor at Holt.

"Superintendent Dr. Paul Hewitt said the district is cooperating fully with law enforcement officials in the investigation and will have no further comment until the investigation is complete."
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