PITT COUNTY -

A Pitt County science teacher facing drug charges has been suspended, officials told NewsChannel 12.

According to the Greenville Police Department, 24-year-old James Brent Fodrie was arrested at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday during a routine traffic stop on O'Hagan Place at South Memorial Drive.

Fodrie was the passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over because the driver was not wearing a seat belt, police said. The officer then smelled pot and found 3.4 grams of marijuana, as well as 1 gram of ecstasy, investigators told NewsChannel 12.

Fodrie is a science teacher at North Pitt High School, located at 5659 N.C. 11 just south of Bethel. But he has been suspended with pay following his arrest, said Brock Letchworth, the spokesperson for Pitt County Schools. Fodrie started teaching at the school on Sept. 16, 2013.

Fodrie has been charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (misdemeanor). His bond was set at $3,000 and he bonded out of the Pitt County Detention Center Wednesday night, jail officials said.

Pitt County Schools released the following statement:

"We were disappointed to learn about the charges against one of our employees, and this is obviously something the school system takes very seriously. The employee has been suspended with pay and there is a legal process that must take its course. Once that process is complete, the school system will act accordingly."