He left shortly after coworker Karin Booth saw him using a rolled-up piece of paper to snort a substance police now believe was cocaine, according to the police report.
“It is reasonable to believe that Wheeler was ingesting cocaine,” police concluded in the report.
They were called to the UGA Extension office Friday morning to collect evidence turned over by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
That evidence included cocaine found in the top drawer of Wheeler’s desk, a piece of paper rolled into a straw, two of Wheeler’s name tags and brown paper towels containing a white powdery substance, according to the report.
At some point during the police investigation, Wheeler returned to hand over office keys and was initially given an administrative suspension notice.