A first-grade teacher and another person were arrested Friday and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.
Antonisha Chambers, 34, of the 2500 block of Cumberland Creek Drive, was charged with trafficking by possession, trafficking by transport and maintaining dwelling for the purposes of narcotics and conspiracy, the release states. Chambers teaches first grade at Honeycutt Elementary School on Lakewood Drive in Fayetteville, according to a police department news release on Saturday afternoon.
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Bradford Gordon, also of the 2500 block of Cumberland Creek Drive, has been charged with trafficking by possession, trafficking by transport, maintaining dwelling for the purposes of narcotics and conspiracy, according to the release.
Detectives seized more than four pounds of methamphetamine during the investigation, the release said.
Chambers and Gordon are in the United States on a visa, according to the release.
Lindsay Whitley, a schools spokesman, said schools officials were aware an employee was arrested and charged Friday based on allegations related to off-campus drug trafficking.
“The arrest did not take place on the school campus and students were not made aware of this situation,” said Whitley, who is associate superintendent of Communications & Community Engagement. “District officials learned about the arrest after the instructional day had ended and the employee had already left campus.”
Whitley added: “We take this situation very seriously, and while these allegations are very disappointing, they do not overshadow the work that our employees do on a daily basis to help students succeed in the classroom and beyond. Prior to hiring employees, the district conducts extensive background checks and provides ethics training to employees once hired.
Chambers was hired by Cumberland County Schools on Aug. 8, 2021, according to the system. An official employment status update will be available after the system’s Human Resources department is able to meet with the employee, Whitley said in the statement.
“However, the employee is prohibited from returning to campus and having contact with students and staff at this time,” he said. “We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as they investigate this off-campus matter.”
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