Pennsylvania teacher under suspicion of drug crimes

A schoolteacher is under suspicion after her boyfriend fatally overdosed on heroin in February, according to local sources. The 35-year-old woman is suspected of drug crimes stemming from the incident that claimed the life of her boyfriend on Feb. 15. She is not currently being represented by an attorney, and she is currently suspended with pay from her position as teacher in Pennsylvania, pending a trial. 

According to state police, the Towanda resident may have tampered with evidence at the scene of the overdose. Police say both she and her boyfriend were using heroin on the day he died. This allegedly occurred in the presence of her young daughter, inciting police to also file child endangerment charges. 

Police told the press that she lied about using drugs and hid drug evidence, including pills and syringes. Police say they found such paraphernalia on her person when they arrested her. No details of the search proceedings or the arrest were given in this report. 

The loss of a loved one to a drug overdose is a devastating blow, which could prompt those who loved the person to behave erratically. Pennsylvania authorities will be tasked to prove that not only was the teacher actively using drugs but also that she attempted to hide evidence of her and her boyfriend's use from police, before she can be convicted of drug crimes. Defense may benefit from reviewing the search and arrest records to ensure both were conducted in accordance with her rights under the law as an American citizen. 

Source: stltoday.com, "Pennsylvania teacher faces drug charges after boyfriend's OD", Mar. 11, 2016

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