A teacher from North Carolina was conducting some science experiments at home – a meth lab was found inside of this elementary teacher’s home that she shared with her husband and her eight-year-old son. The teacher, who has been instructing children for nearly a decade and a half, was suspended by the school – with pay.
Writes Fox News: “Lori Riley Whitely, 38, was charged with operating a meth lab and endangering a child after police raided her Johnston County home, authorities said. Her 41-year-old husband, Gary Whitley, was also busted.”
Whitley is a teacher at Wendell Elementary School. The school’s website lists her as a third grade teacher.
Thursday night, Narcotics officers joined the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office in a raid on the home. Inside, officers found a fully functioning meth “lab” – a storage area with a toxic combination of over-the-counter medications, ephedrine, volatile organic compounds acids, salts and other solvents used to “cook” methamphetamine, or the highly addictive crystal meth.
Adds the Raleigh News & Observer: “Officers worked throughout the night and dispatched a State Bureau of Investigation decontamination team to handle the chemicals found in the alleged meth lab, sheriff’s spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said. Law enforcement remained on the scene until about noon Friday.”
The Whitleys each face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. The felony counts include “manufacturing methamphetamine; conspiracy; maintaining a dwelling; and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The misdemeanor charges are for child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia,” reports the police affidavit.
Their eight-year-old son was removed from the home and placed in protective custody.
Check back for details as they are released in this teacher’s meth lab bust.