The Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad has arrested a 28-year-old middle school teacher in conjunction with a raid earlier this week that produced more than $6 million worth of cocaine and heroin. Karla Alvarez, a teacher at Chestatee Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, was arrested along with Monica Pascual Brito on charges of trafficking and possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine and heroin. Both women, along with a third suspect, are also facing two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Hall County authorities seized 61 kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of heroin and two semi-automatic assault rifles from an Oakwood home. The street value of the sized narcotics was estimated at $6,209,280.
“They got information that there was probably a substantial amount of heroin and cocaine at the house,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware told the Gainesville Times.
According to information obtained from The Times, Alvarez has worked as a teacher and girl’s soccer team coach since August of 2015. The third missing suspect, Ricardo Pascual Brito, is believed to be the brother of Monica Pascual Brito and faces the same trafficking and possession charges.
For what it’s worth, a 2016 study by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution determined the average schoolteacher in Hall County earns approximately $54,701 annually. That figure isn’t among the top ten highest-paying school systems in Georgia.
With Ricardo Brito’s whereabouts unknown, the case is still under investigation, and Hall County School Superintendent Will Schofield has told The Times that the administration would be on high alert and provide counseling support for faculty and students.