Two in jail in connection to staff drug use at Madison Middle School


ABILENE, Texas - Two men were arrested at an Abilene motel for selling drugs to teachers at Madison Middle School after a search warrant was executed by Abilene police last week.

Police say Marcus Villarreal, 31, of Snyder and Jeffery Lambert, 41, of Abilene were found with meth, heroin, marijuana, liquid morphine, alprazolam (prescription sedative and tranquilizer), paraphernalia, cell phones, and $388 in cash at the Motel 6 on West Stamford Street .

The search warrant affidavit states that police conducted surveillance beginning on November 3 at Motel 6. They received information from a confidential source that narcotics were being sold from rooms 208 and 210.

During their surveillance, police reportedly watched Villarreal go between both rooms on different occasions and reported that Lambert's children were also seen going between both rooms. Police reportedly observed multiple people come and go to room 210 and stay in for three to five minutes before leaving.

The break in the case came when police tied two teachers who admittedly used drugs to three suspects.

Sergeant Lynn Beard with the Abilene Police Department said, despite admitting to the use of illicit drugs, the teachers at Madison Middle School are not being charged with a crime because they were not in possession of narcotics at the time of their investigation.

Phil Ashby with AISD said the two teachers remain on administrative leave and that "teachers are not subject to random drug testing." "Fingerprinting and criminal background checks are required during the hiring process," however, Ashby tell us, they are not drug tested before being hired. The exception to that are district employees who have a commercial driver's license and drive a school bus. They are subject to random drug testing.

Two other district employees were put on leave last month, including a cafeteria worker accused of giving prescription drugs to students. Police now say there is no indication that happened.

Villarreal and Lambert are both charged with delivery of meth and heroin and are being held at bonds of more than $60,000 each.

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