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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