Newburgh teacher arrested on drug charges

By Terrapinzflyer · Oct 10, 2009 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Newburgh teacher arrested on drug charges

    POUGHKEEPSIE — Undercover agents have arrested a school teacher on drug charges.

    Shahkwesi Daraja, a Meadow Hill elementary school teacher, was sitting in a car about 8 p.m. on Monday in a parking lot on Hooker Avenue in Poughkeepsie. Police said Dutchess County Drug Task Force agents watched Daraja take several packets of PCP from a 25-year-old named Joseph Faircloth Jr. PCP is a powerful hallucinogen sometimes called “angel dust” or “wet” on the street.

    Daraja, 44, of Poughkeepsie tried to toss the drugs when the agents approached, and they arrested him after a brief struggle, police said.

    Publicly available documents show Daraja has worked since at least 2006 at Meadow Hill in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District where he is paid $67,442 a year. He was charged with misdemeanor drug possession.

    It’s not clear whether the arrest has had any effect on his job. Newburgh Superintendent Annette Saturnelli didn’t immediately return a message left Friday evening at her home.

    By Doyle Murphy
    Posted: October 09, 2009 - 8:11 PM

    normally I would not post small busts like this. But have been noticing an upswing in PCP related stories so....

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  1. gmeziscool2354
    pcp is on the ups in the USA for sure. Swim has not had any yet, and really isn't too keen on trying any but it it comes his way at a party who knows
  2. PCG IV
    About 20 years ago in NZ a batch of weed was doing the rounds that the police (to try to put people off) said on TV news was laced with horse tranquillizer (==PCP) - and good shit it was too! Not so sure that SWIM would be keen on using the pure compound though . . . .
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