BRADENTON -- A Lakewood Ranch High School teacher arrested last month on drug charges is quitting her position with the district, information on the Manatee County School Board upcoming agenda confirms.
In November, Hardee County Sheriff's Office deputies searched Hollis Morantes' home and found drugs, synthetic urine and a cleansing agent used for passing drug tests. Morantes, identified as a science teacher at Lakewood Ranch High School, was arrested at a home in Ona and is facing several drug-related charges.
At the time of her arrest, Morantes was put on paid administrative leave from the district, pending a full investigation, staff attorney Mitchell Teitelbaum confirmed.
"On November 13, 2015, Hollis Morantes appeared at the District where she voluntarily tendered her resignation based upon 'personal reasons,'" Teitelbaum said in a statement Wednesday.
The board will take action on the resignation on Tuesday, during the consent portion of the agenda.
The Hardee County Drug Task Force responded to a house in Ona to help find David Alday, who was wanted after fleeing from the Desoto County Sheriff's Office in Morantes' vehicle, according to the Hardee County Sheriff Office's Facebook page.
Morantes gave detectives permission to search the residence for Alday. The car Alday was driving was at the house, but Alday had left in another vehicle.
While looking for Alday, detectives found drug paraphernalia in plain view, according to the sheriff's office.
The paraphernalia field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Detectives then spoke with Gabino Morantes, Hollis' husband, who stated he had smoked methamphetamine that morning. Both homeowners consented to a search of the residence for more narcotics.
More drugs and drug paraphernalia were found under a pillow where the husband, Gabino, was resting his head. Under the pillow was a pouch surrounded by lighters and a pack of gum. Inside the pack of gum was a clear baggie containing 3.8 grams of methamphetamine. The pack of gum was in reach of the couple's 5-year-old child, according to deputies.
Hollis also admitted she had methamphetamine in her purse, which was in the bedroom and consented to have detectives retrieve it. In her purse, they found a black pouch containing 0.5 grams of methamphetamine.
In their master bedroom, detectives located baggies, scales, pipes, synthetic urine and a cleansing agent used for passing drug tests.
A straw that tested positive for methamphetamine was located on the dining room table among the child's board games. Hollis said she used methamphetamine earlier in the day. The couple admitted to detectives they had been using methamphetamine for approximately a year, according to the sheriff's office.
The child was picked up by a family member. Department of Children and Families was notified.
Hollis and Gabino Morantes were each charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and child neglect, according to police.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter@MeghinDelaney.