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Portsmouth teacher faces drug charges

Police in Virginia will be on high alert for those they believe are committing drug crimes, and they won't hesitate to arrest someone who has allegedly possessed or intended to distribute drugs. For example, a teacher from I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, was recently denied bond following arrest on multiple drug charges. The 48-year-old teacher, from Chesapeake, was charged following an investigation between Portsmouth Police and the Norfolk Drug Enforcement Agency stemming from multiple occasions of alleged heroin sales in both April and May of this year.

According to court paperwork, the teacher left school on May 18 and met with a buyer at a predetermined location to a confidential source, witnessed by detectives at the scene. This transaction was also within 1,000 feet of the Effingham Street YMCA. Following tests, it was determined that the material tested positive for not only heroin, but also Fentanyl.

As a result, the man is not only facing two counts of possession with intent to distribute, but also one count of intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a community/recreation center. The man turned himself into police one day before school ended for the summer. In a corresponding move, the school placed him on leave.

If you find yourself facing drug charges, it is certainly not something you want to take lightly. A conviction could wind up haunting a person for years or even decades even after the person has served his or her prison sentence. Things can become especially troubling when there are not just possession charges, but drug distribution charges as well. Such is the case for this Portsmouth teacher. It likely he will want to defend himself with a strong legal team at his side when he enters the courts.

Source:, "Portsmouth teacher arrested on drug charges denied bond," By Deanna LeBlanc, June 15, 2017

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