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School bus drivers face heroin charges

Two Connecticut school bus drivers went to court on Sept. 5 after they were taken into custody for alleged charges of risk of injury to a minor and operating a drug factory. Additional charges included dealing heroin at apartments in two Connecticut towns. The 28-year-old man was detained by authorities as he left his apartment when they allegedly found a handgun on his person and another gun in his residence. Authorities also searched the 29-year-old woman's apartment and located 240 bags of heroin with an undetermined street value and an unknown amount of cash.

Both the Bloomfield Public Schools and the Capital Region Education Council released statements regarding the incident. BPS related that the woman drove the bus the first two days of school, Sept. 2 and 3, for just two students. She and the codefendant were placed on unpaid leave until the case is resolved. The man operated another bus for a Hartford school. It was not immediately clear how long either individual had worked as bus drivers.

The CREC added that both individuals passed background checks but were disqualified from operating buses through them after this incident. They did not find any indication that caused them to hesitate in hiring the pair. They emphasized that no children were placed in jeopardy as the alleged illegal activities did not occur on the job.

An arrest not only results in possible criminal penalties but can even cause a person to lose their job, especially if they work for a school. A criminal defense attorney might be able to negotiate a plea agreement so that a client could retain their job with their employer.

Source: FOX CT, "Update: Two School Bus Drivers Charged With Dealing Drugs", Mike Magnoli, September 05, 2014

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