HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. – A substitute middle school teacher has been arrested for peddling drugs to her students.
While many teacher headlines have recently featured sex with students, a Florida substitute teacher was arrested Friday after reportedly selling marijuana to two middle school students.
According to authorities, the Clewiston Middle School students admitted to smoking pot they purchased from Maria Otilla Rivera-Magana, 35, after complaining of feeling sick, FOX 4 reported.
As a result, Hendry County Sheriff’s deputies then set up a sting operation to buy marijuana from Rivera-Magana, according to the station.
Consequently, the 35-year-old woman was charged with two counts of possession of synthetic drug with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school; two counts of possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school; two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school; two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; two counts of interference; and two counts of neglect of a child, FOX 4 reported. Authorities said additional charges are pending.
“I commend Deputy Pelham and members of the Narcotics Division. We cannot and will not allow this behavior to continue on our school campuses,” Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden told the station. “The School district and administrators were very cooperative and without their support in this case, it could have been more difficult to make this arrest occur.” Whidden went on to say, “one of the advantages we have here is the overwhelming cooperation and working relationship between the Hendry County School District and the Sheriff’s Office, for which we are grateful.”
Rivera-Magana was being held on a $90,500 bond at the Hendry County Jail, the station reported.