A second grade teacher at a Sapulpa elementary school was arrested Monday at school after police discovered drugs and up to 40 syringes in her purse.
Reports say Meagan Nicole Sloan, 27, used another teacher's computer and accidentally left her Facebook account open. When the other teacher returned to her computer, she reportedly discovered a conversation in which Sloan was talking about using and selling heroin as well as pawning school property.
The teacher reported the incident to school officials, and Sapulpa assistant superintendent Johnny Bilby notified police.
Police met with the teacher in the principal's office, and they report that Sloan admitted to selling school-owned iPads and using student field trip money to buy gas and drugs. They say she confessed to having Xanax in her purse.
When officers searched her purse, they did not find any Xanax pills. However, they say they did find as many as 40 syringes in her purse and makeup bag--some with exposed needles, and at least one containing a brown substance later determined to be heroin. They also reportedly found baggies, broken balloons used to store drugs, and two bent spoons with burn marks in her purse.
Other substances in her purse reportedly tested positive for black tar heroin, methamphetamine, and Suboxone, a narcotic painkiller used to treat heroin addiction.
Police say the teacher denied using drugs at school, and that she did not appear to be under the influence of drugs at the time of her arrest. Sloan told police that her purse was never left where students would be exposed to the drugs or drug paraphernalia.
The teacher was arrested at the school and booked into the Creek County Jail on complaints of possession of controlled drugs within 1,000 feet of a school or in the presence of a child under 12, embezzlement, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, rec center, park, public housing, or child care facility, or in presence of child under 12 is a felony punishable by twice the penalty associated with ordinary possession. Additionally, anyone convicted of this offense must serve at least 50 percent of his or her sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Under current Oklahoma law, possession of a Schedule I drug is a felony punishable by 4 to 20 years in prison, meaning possession of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school or in the presence of a child under 12 is punishable by 8 to 40 years in prison, with at least half of that sentence mandatory before achieving parole eligibility.
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