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Middle School Teacher Accused of Selling Marijuana to Students

A 35-year-old woman who works as a substitute teacher at a Florida middle school has been arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana to students on the school grounds.

Maria Otilla Rivera-Magana is employed full time as a long term permanent substitute teacher at Clewiston Middle School in Hendry County, Florida.

On December 1 two students who attend the school complained of feeling ill and they were taken to a local emergency room. They claimed that they had used marijuana they purchased from Rivera-Magana, and the hospital staff reported the claims to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Department.

An investigation into Rivera-Magana was opened and authorities obtained assistance from school officials and the sheriff’s office narcotics division in order to set up a sting operation to attempt purchasing drugs from the accused.

Rivera-Magana was taken into custody by a School Resource Officer on the afternoon of December 8 as she left the middle school building. She has been charged with two counts of Possession of Synthetic Drug, with Intent to Sell within 1000′ of a School, Two counts Possession of Marijuana within 1000′ of School, Two counts Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell within 1000′ of a School, Two Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Two Counts of Interference with and Two counts of Neglect of a Child. According to the sheriff’s office additional criminal charges are also pending.

On Saturday morning a judge set Rivera-Magana’s bail at $100,500 and she is being held in the Hendry County jail.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a drug crime, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.