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Dysart Willis

North Carolina teacher and her husband arrested for heroin

Experts debate the causes of the heroin epidemic that has swept across the nation. No matter the reasons why people begin to use the addictive opiate, it is clear that lives are being ruined by overdoses and arrests.

We read recently of a Franklin County third grade teacher who was arrested, along with her husband, on heroin charges after law enforcement officials found the drug in their car. Also inside the vehicle were the couple's children, ages 2 and 6.

The teacher, 29, has been suspended from her job at Youngsville Elementary School, officials said. She and her husband, 32, live in Franklinton.

According to a news report, the couple was arrested after Vance County detectives alerted Franklinton cops that the couple's car had been seen in a neighborhood with suspected drug trafficking. Franklinton cops then stopped the teacher for speeding as she entered the town shortly before midnight.

She told officers that she had empty heroin packets in the vehicle and officers found a syringe and unopened heroin packet in her possession.

She and her husband now face serious charges: felony drug possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. They are also each facing a charge of misdemeanor child abuse.

The kids were placed in the custody of a family member.

There is little doubt that situations like this can be heartbreaking. For those arrested, and for their young families, the possibility of incarceration can be frightening. You can contact a Wake County criminal defense attorney experienced in negotiation and litigation for help.