A teacher is among 10 suspects arrested for charges relating to methamphetamine.
An affidavit from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office says that an officer and confidential informant went to the home of Mary Williford at 1088 Nettie Street in Noma to negotiate a deal to purchase meth.
She was arrested and gave authorities permission to search the residence.
Officers found more than 14 grams of meth, glass smoking pipes and a set of electronic scales in Williford’s freezer.
Williford told officers she got the meth from Jose Lopez and purchased several ounces form him in the past. Lopez was also at the home.
During the search officers say they found a pink make-up bag with meth and several smoking pipes inside. Shelia Long, a 47-year-old teacher of Robertsdale, AL, told officers the bag was hers and she got it from Lopez. She also stated that she was with Lopez on numerous occasions when they sold several ounces of meth.
Long taught fulltime at Bonifay Elementary School for one year only, from 2007-08. She was then used as a substitute teacher until November of 2008 when she was not back to teach further, according to Holmes County School District.
Lopez was also taken into custody after officers say he told them he has sold Williford several ounces of meth. He also told them he has sold numerous ounces of meth to different individuals in Holmes and Geneva Counties. Lopez is an illegal Mexican national who authorities suspect is a major drug supplier for the area.
Court records show that Long is facing charges of trafficking in meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail is set at $15,000 for the meth trafficking charge and $2,000 for the drug paraphernalia charge.
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