April 30, 2006 - Posted at 12:49 p.m. CST
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) _ An elementary-school teacher at West
Memphis faces charges accusing her of possessing and making
methamphetamine. An investigator says, however, that police have no
indication that Kelly Beasley distributed any drugs at the school
where she taught.
Beasley, a special education teacher at Faulk Elementary, was
arrested Thursday after police acted on a tip. After pulling her
over for a traffic stop, they said they found meth in her back
pocket -- and a meth lab in a shed in her back yard. Beasley faces
several drug-related charges, including possession of meth and
marijuana and manufacturing methamphetamine.
Inspector Billy Sanders with the West Memphis Police Department
said the back-yard meth lab would have been a considerable
operation if it had been up and running. Sanders said some of it
was already working and two men in the shed were putting
ingredients together when police entered. Officers said the two men
inside the shed were also arrested.
Beasley resigned from her teaching post on Friday. Sanders said
police have no reason to believe she was selling meth to students
or using it at school.