Middle school teacher arrested in $6 million drug bust

A 28-year-old Georgia middle school teacher was arrested along with one other person, following a $6 million drug bust in Hall County.

Karla Alvarez (pictured on the left), 28, a teacher at Chestatee Middle School Academy, and Monica Pascual Brito (pictured on the right), 24, were arrested on March 17 in Oakwood, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Officers found 61 kilograms of cocaine and one kilogram of heroin estimated at around $6.2 million in Alvarez’s home, which she shares with Brito and Brito’s 25-year-old brother, Ricardo.

Also discovered in the raid were cash and two semi-automatic assault rifles.

The Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad arrested the pair with help from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police, Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force,” according to the Gainsville Times. 

Hall County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Ware said, “They got information that there was probably a substantial amount of heroin and cocaine at the house.”
According to the local Fox News  station, Ware also said, “I’ve worked drugs and gangs for a long time and it was one of the larger cocaine seizures I’ve ever seen.”

The duo has been charged with trafficking and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and heroin as well as two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Authorities are currently seeking Brito’s brother, Ricardo, whom they believe is connected to the crimes, and is wanted on similar drug and weapons charges.

Alvarez has been a teacher at Chestatee Middle School Academy since August 2015, and also coaches the girls soccer team.

Hall schools spokesman Gordon Higgins said in a statement, “The Hall County School District is conducting an internal investigation and is working in cooperation with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.”

“The administration of Chestatee Middle is in the process of notifying faculty, staff and parents through our internal messaging systems.”

[Feature Photo: Hall County PD]