Former Pre-K teacher arrested for drug charges
Published 3:26 pm Friday, January 18, 2019
A Chambers County School District employee has been arrested on drug charges, according to Valley Police Department Police Chief Tommy Weldon.
Tierra Nicole Calloway, 30, of Valley and Keitavious Quartell Heard, 29, of Valley, were arrested by officers of the Alabama Drug Enforcement Drug Task Force “Region D” on Thursday, Dec. 20.
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Valley Police Department Major Mike Reynolds said Calloway was a pre-K teacher at Huguley Elementary School.
Weldon said in a news release that officers performed a traffic stop on Heard and recovered about three grams of cocaine. After officers arrested Heard, they traveled to the apartment he shared with Calloway in the 2900 block of 19th Place in Valley to execute a search warrant.
During the warrant, officers seized an additional 26 grams of cocaine, five ecstasy tablets, marijuana, a smoking device and $621 in cash from the apartment.
Both subjects were then charged with drug trafficking, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana second and possession of drug paraphernalia. Heard was additionally charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. The two individuals were transported to the Chambers County Detention Facility.
Calloway was released on bond the next day, and Heard was held without bail due to previous convictions.
Officers later learned of Calloway’s employment with the Chambers County School District and contacted Superintendent Kelli Hodge. When Calloway was released from jail, she met with Hodge and submitted a resignation that was accepted by the Chambers County Board of Education.
Hodge confirmed that Calloway was a teacher Friday afternoon.
“Upon being notified of the arrest, I scheduled a meeting, through law enforcement, with Calloway,” she said in an email. “She resigned at that time.”
Weldon said the information of the arrest was not made public sooner because the Chambers County Drug Task Force was pursuing further investigation.