Detectives investigating drug trafficking in California busted an elementary school teacher for allegedly dealing heroin.
The Napa Special Investigations Bureau began investigating 36-year-old Delicia Gomez earlier this month after reports she was dealing heroin in the community. Authorities executed a search warrant at Gomez’s home Aug. 10, discovering methadone and a stolen identification card, but did not arrest her at the time, reports Napa Valley Register.
Detectives continued their investigation and secured a warrant from the Napa County District Attorney’s Office Friday to arrest Gomez on charges of suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale. Over the course of their investigation authorities discovered Gomez had affiliations with two teaching facilities in the area.
Gomez, who is a teacher at a private school in Vallejo and once tutored at a local learning center in Napa, was booked at the Napa County jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, identity theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, and for bringing a controlled substance into a correctional facility. Three baggies of suspected heroin were found concealed on Gomez during the booking process, officials said.
Both schools have been notified of her arrest.
“Detectives also determined Gomez was an elementary school teacher at a private religious school in Vallejo, and a past tutor at a local Napa learning center,” said Gary Pitkin of the Napa Special Investigation Bureau, according to Napa Valley Patch.
“Both learning institutions Gomez is affiliated with were advised of her arrest.”
The incident serves as a reminder of the pervasiveness of the current opioid epidemic gripping the nation.
Drug overdoses are now the number one cause of accidental death for Americans under 50. The New York Times recently sifted through data from state health departments and county medical examiners and coroners, predicting there were between 59,000 and 65,000 drug deaths in 2016.