A recent joint operation between two law enforcement offices has led to the arrest of a Virginia teacher. The teacher was put on leave by his school the same day that he turned himself in to authorities. Police have charged the man with several drug charges. He is likely now working with an attorney to fight these criminal accusations in court.
According to the Portsmouth Police Department and the Norfolk Drug Enforcement Agency, the teacher allegedly sold heroin on two occasions. The detectives claim that they witnessed him arriving at a predetermined location and selling heroin to a confidential source. Later analysis of the drug supposedly obtained from the teacher revealed that it tested positive for both heroin and Fentanyl, a strong prescription pain medication.
Police also report that the teacher's drug transaction took place within 1,000 feet of a local YMCA. Authorities have charged him with two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a community or recreation center. A judge has since denied the teacher bond.
If prosecutors obtain a conviction, the man could face serious consequences. Regardless, the teacher still has rights that must be protected. He and his lawyer are likely working to build his defense to try to obtain the best possible outcome for his situation. Virginia residents facing drug charges could consult an experienced criminal defense attorney to make sure their rights are protected and to secure advice and support with regard to any court proceedings.
Source: wavy.com, "Portsmouth teacher arrested on drug charges denied bond", Deanna LeBlanc, June 15, 2017