A 32-year-old high school teacher in Leominster was arrested and arraigned in court on a number of drug charges. The drug charges included possession of cocaine as well as the possession of cocaine with the intent to sell. In her arraignment, no plea was entered. She was released from custody and is required back in a Massachusetts court for a pretrial hearing on June 8.
The English teacher's home was searched on April 19 by the North Worcester County Drug Task Force. It was at this time that they claim they found almost 11 grams of possible cocaine in a kitchen drawer hidden inside a purse. Police reportedly also found a small quantity of marijuana hidden within a soda can compartment.
They also reportedly found cocaine residue on a scale, a pink straw near a black plate with some white powder present, and over $1,500 in cash. They also claim to have found inositol, which police say is used to cut pure cocaine for distribution.
The teacher reportedly said that she had indeed been dealing drugs. She allegedly said she first got involved with drug dealing from a previous relationship. She also reportedly said she was retrieving drugs from Boston. These claims are according to police officials.
The woman will need to gather what facts and evidence that she can to seek an acquittal of the charges. The police will need to be able to prove that she had intentions on selling the drugs that she reportedly had in her home and will also need to show that they searched the home only after obtaining proper warrants. They will also need to show that the search of the home and seizure of the said evidence were indeed done under the requirements of the Massachusetts law. Until she is proven guilty of the drug charges against her by prosecutors beyond a reasonable doubt, she is an innocent woman.
Source: Telegram.com, "Leominster teacher arraigned on drug charges," George Barnes, April 28, 2012