Fla. elementary school teacher sold narcotics to undercover officers
(WKMG.COM) ST. CLOUD, Fla. – A St. Cloud elementary school teacher has been arrested after police say she was selling drugs.
Cheryl Heineman, 45, a third-grade teacher at Central Avenue Elementary School, was charged with several counts of sale and delivery of schedule IV narcotics, sale and delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a 26-page arrest affidavit, the investigation started on March 4 after a confidential informant told police they could buy drugs from Heineman’s partner, 20-year-old Jack Lindsey.
Police did two drug deals with him at a Publix parking lot, buying several prescription drugs, including Xanax, hydrocodone, tramadol and oxycodone.
Police believe Heineman and Lindsey had a relationship and she would drive him in her car to do the transactions.
On March 13, undercover agents met Lindsey at a Game Stop in St. Cloud, where they bought more Xanax and meth from him.
By their fourth encounter on March 25 at a Tractor Supply store, police said Heineman did the drug dealing herself. She gave police Xanax and acid in exchange for cash.
Police said they videotaped and recorded the audio of each drug deal. They were able to link Heineman to the drug crimes by identifying her on surveillance video and running the tag on her car.
Both have been charged with several counts of sale and delivery of schedule IV narcotics, sale and delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Heineman has been with the Osceola County School District since 1990 and teaching since 2005. She has been at Central Avenue Elementary since August 2014.
The district told Local 6 she will be reassigned out of school to a department with no children until the investigation is over. They also said they’ll be in touch with the principal Thursday morning to discuss a plan to notify parents.