Teacher Arrested on Cocaine Charges

Teacher Arrested on Cocaine Charges

POSTED: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 11:43am

UPDATED: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:04pm

LAS CRUCES- A Las Cruces elementary school teacher is in jail, facing charges of trafficking cocaine after a month-long investigation by the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department.

Roberto Varela, 35, was arrested at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, just before classes were to begin at Loma Heights Elementary, where he is a teacher.

Deputies with Metro Narcotics say Varela’s arrest came after a sting operation in the 1600 block of Rio Grande.
Varela has been booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center on one charge of cocaine trafficking. His bond has been set at $10,000.

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Lame amount of money set for him to bond. It should not come as a surprise to anyone though that one out of thousands of teachers in the area are arrested for trafficking anything. Teachers should also be tested for drug use not just for the distribution of them though.

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