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Not for Teacher: Educator Busted for Drugs

A Plaquemines Parish school teacher and his roommate are headed for some serious detention after an inter-agency operation ended with a drug bust at their residence. Three different agencies coordinated to follow up on a tip about the educator and ultimately discovered a criminal stash of heroin, acid, 'shrooms, and weed at an uptown residence.


According to NOPD PIO, Hilal Williams, the investigation began with an anonymous call to the CRIMESTOPPERS hotline alleging William West, a Plaquemines school-teacher was involved with narcotics. The tip was directed to NOPD who contacted the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office. They in turn reached out to the parish school district and began investigating on Wednesday.


Quickly, the authorities discovered that West was on probation for an earlier Possession of Amphetamines charge in Mississippi. The status allowed Louisiana Probation and Parole to enter the fray. Probation officers and West travelled to his residence at 2838 Upperline Street in New Orleans for a search.


Upon entering the house, officers smelled pot, and found West's roommate Scott Hirsch in a bedroom with several bags of weed and then discovered LSD in West's room. The developments provided sufficient cause for the NOPD Major Narcotics Unit to get involved.


The drug unit was granted a search warrant for the premises. Police said that they soon discovered heroin and psilocybin mushrooms as well.


The roommates were both booked with possession charges for the heroin, acid, 'shrooms, and weed.

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