A Montgomery County, Md., elementary school teacher was charged with possession of heroin after a traffic stop in Silver Spring Tuesday night.
The car 25-year-old Rebecca Amick was riding in was stopped for speeding. When police searched the car and the people inside, they found Amick, who consented to the search, in possession of nine bags of heroin.
"The defendants reported to police that they’d just purchased the heroin in D.C. and were on their way back to Montgomery County when they were stopped," Montgomery County police Capt. Paul Starks told NBC Washington's Melissa Mollet.
Amick teaches special education at Woodlin Elementary School, the Associated Press reported.
"Police informed us of the teacher's arrest," the school district said in a statement Thursday. "She has been placed on administrative leave pending a Montgomery County Public Schools investigation."
Another passenger, 25-year-old Faisal Abdullah, was found in possession of four partially full bags of heroin and drug paraphernalia -- a spoon in one pocket, two used syringes and a cotton swab in another pocket. He was charged with possession and also was wanted on two counts of prescription fraud.
Each full bag contained a tenth of a gram of heroin with a street value of $10 per bag, police said.
The man driving the car was charged with speeding.
Amick was released on personal recognizance. Abdullah was released on an unsecured $15,000 bond.
"She is very, very upset over the fact it could cost her her career," said Barry Helfand, Amick's attorney.