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Teacher at E. Melvin Honeycutt faces drug charges


A first-grade teacher at E. Melvin Honeycutt Elementary School is one of two people facing trafficking and other drug charges, the Fayetteville Police Department said.

Antonisha Chambers, 34, and Bradford Gordon, 29, both of the 2500 block of Cumberland Creek Drive, are accused of trafficking methamphetamine, the Police Department said in a release. They were arrested Friday by the department’s Narcotics Unit.

Police said detectives seized more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine during the investigation.

Chambers, a teacher at E. Melvin Honeycutt, was hired by Cumberland County Schools on Aug. 9, school officials said in a statement Saturday.

“District officials are aware that a CCS employee was arrested and charged yesterday based on allegations related to off-campus drug trafficking,’’ the statement said. “The arrest did not take place on the school campus and students were not made aware of this situation. District officials learned about the arrest after the instructional day had ended and the employee had already left campus.’’ 

Chambers’ employment status will not be available until after the school system’s Human Resources department meets with her, the statement said. She will not be on campus with students or staff next week, the statement said.

“We take this situation very seriously, and while these allegations are very disappointing, they do not overshadow the work that our employees do on a daily basis to help students succeed in the classroom and beyond,’’ the statement said.

The school system conducts extensive background checks on all employees and provides ethics training once they are hired, the statement said. 

Chambers and Gordon are each charged with trafficking by possession, trafficking by transport, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of narcotics and conspiracy, police said.

Chambers and Gordon are in the United States on a visa, police said.

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