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First-grade teacher charged with drug trafficking

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Antonisha Chambers, 34, a first-grade teacher was arrested at her home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, this past Friday, along with Bradford Gordon, on drug trafficking charges. Detectives seized “over 4 pounds of methamphetamine during this investigation”, the Fayetteville Police Department said in a statement on Saturday. As well as possessing methamphetamine, the pair were accused of transporting the drug, more commonly known as crystal meth, from the property.

Ms. Chambers is a first-grade teacher at Honeycutt Elementary School in Fayetteville. Lindsay Whitley, an associate superintendent for Cumberland County Schools and spokesman for the Honeycutt school, told The Fayetteville Observer on Sunday that the school was aware of the arrest. “The arrest did not take place on the school campus and students were not made aware of this situation,” Ms. Whitley said. Ms. Whitley added “that Honeycutt Elementary and the school district in Fayetteville took the arrest “very seriously”.

Ms. Whitley declaimed that: “[W]hile 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.” Police said both Ms. Chambers and Mr. Gordon were working in the US on visas. The Observer reported that she was hired by the Cumberland County School system in August 2021.

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  1. Pherbia Stephens

    March 21, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Make sure they both pay all penalties and charges immediately then put them back on their way to where they came from.

  2. Richard Kent

    March 22, 2022 at 7:10 am

    WORKING IN THE UNITED STATES ON VISAS????. WHY NOT JUST HIRE A MEXICAN DRUG MULE FROM OUR BORDER> THEY DON’T NEED A VISA .. STUPID

  3. Pat

    March 22, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    People in the US on Visas are teaching in our schools???? That’s outrageous!!

  4. Publius Hamilton

    March 23, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    On Visas from what country? That’s a highly relevant piece of information to leave out..

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Thousands of pounds of meth seized from vegetable shipments in one week from one border location

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized large quantities of methamphetamine this month alone at just one cargo facility located in Otay Mesa, California. Law enforcement officials warn that this month’s thousands of pounds of meth were smuggled in none other than vegetables.

A shipment of peppers and tomatillos being driven by a 27-year-old male with a valid border crossing card driving a commercial tractor-trailer was stopped by CBP officers, reports The Center Square:

At first glance, the shipment appeared to contain only peppers and tomatillos. But after a K-9 unit screened it, officers examined the trailer and found a box containing a crystal-like substance. Additional officers were radioed to provide assistance and began extracting package after package hidden under the produce. They found 3,594 packages that were tested and identified as methamphetamine. The stash totaled 3,671.58 pounds.

At the same facility and in the same week CBP officers uncovered another massive load of meth being smuggled inside a shipment of carrots. The Center Square reports:

They stopped a 44-year-old man, also a valid border crossing card holder, driving a commercial tractor trailer hauling a shipment manifested as carrots. Officers unloaded the cases of carrots and found suspicious packages hidden underneath, which were tested and identified as methamphetamine. Overall, they seized 574 packages weighing approximately 2,900 pounds.

In both instances, the meth and commercial tractor-trailers were seized; the drivers were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

The Center Square writes that Mexican cartels for decades have devised creative ways to smuggle drugs and people into the U.S., including “task saturation” and “migrant warfare,” according to authorities. Surging resources in one area to leave the border open in another area enables cartel operatives and gangs they work with to commit a range of crimes. Another tactic is hiding people and drugs in trucks, including behind or under produce, to bring through ports of entry.

 

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