Abilene police: 3 arrested in connection with Madison Middle School drug investigation

Jeffery Charles Lambert

ABILENE, Texas - An investigation into drug usage by teachers at Madison Middle School has led to the arrest of three.

Taken into custody as part of the investigation were:

*- Marcus Joe Villarreal, 31, of Snyder

*- Jeffery Charles Lambert, 41, of Abilene

*- Esteban Alexander Acosta, 29, of Abilene

They were arrested after a search warrant was executed Nov. 8 in two rooms at a north Abilene motel. The three were found to be in possession of illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

The investigation kicked off Oct. 19 when Abilene Police Department's Special Operations Division started working with Madison Middle School's School Resource Office and Abilene ISD personnel.


The probe focused on "allegations of drug usage by certain staff members," according to Abilene police.

"This investigation revealed two teachers who admitted to using illicit drugs," an Abilene police news release said Wednesday. "The investigation continued and the Special Operations Division developed information that led to the individual who supplied the illicit drugs to the teachers."

That led to last week's arrests of the three.

The two teachers have been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation.

"No other details are available," Abilene ISD spokesman Phil Ashby said.

Villarreal and Lambert are being held in Taylor County Jail on $51,000 and $61,000, respectively. Acosta has been released from jail. His bond had been set at $550.

Villarreal and Lambert are facing delivery of a controlled substance (heroin), delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of marijuana charges. Lambert is also facing a tampering with evidence charge.

Acosta is facing a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

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The Abilene Police Department is investigating multiple reports of drug incidents at Madison Middle School involving current staff and students.

According to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, a school resource officer at Madison received reports of staff members and students using drugs or possibly selling them.

The Abilene Independent School District says four district employees were put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation.

Abilene police's Narcotics Division began an investigation and interviewed several staff members and students. Two teachers admitted to using drugs the week prior and allegedly received them from a teacher's aide. Those two teachers were in a relationship, according to APD's news release.

However APD searched the staffers and didn't find any contraband on them or in their vehicles, so they were released. Their identities haven't been released because they haven't been charged at this time.

Abilene ISD Superintendent Dr. David Young said "the use of illegal drugs by either staff or students is unacceptable under any circumstances."

The investigation is still ongoing, and APD says no other information will be given unless arrests are made.

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