Middle School Teacher Arrested In $6 Million Drug Bust

By Kelly Burch 03/27/17

Police searched the home where Alvarez lived with two other suspects after receiving a tip.

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A Georgia teacher and soccer coach was recently arrested and charged with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin after police found more than $6 million in drugs in her home. 

Karla Alvarez, 28, was arrested at her home where 61 kilograms of cocaine, 1 kilogram of heroin and two semi-automatic assault rifles were also found

While Alvarez faces criminal charges, her school system moved to support students and players with counseling and other support services. 

“Over my 17 years as a superintendent, I have had many employees arrested,” said Will Schofield, superintendent of Hall County Schools, the district where Alvarez had worked since 2015. “We always try to give accurate and relevant information as quickly as possible. These situations are difficult, and people need an opportunity to express themselves and ask questions. We try to create that environment.”

Parents wondered how they would speak to their children about a trusted adult being arrested in connection with such a large amount of drugs. 

“Answering questions tonight on how or why a teacher who taught my kids is now in jail for cocaine and heroin is difficult,” one parent posted on Facebook, according to KTLA5. “At least the drugs won’t make it to the streets and out in our community.”

Police searched the home where Alvarez lived with two other suspects after receiving a tip, according to The Gainesville Times

“They got information that there was probably a substantial amount of heroin and cocaine at the house,” said Lieutenant Scott Ware of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

The narcotics squad that arrested Alvarez was also assisted by county and local police, the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.

Ware said that while the seizure was not the largest he remembers—the agency once seized 88 kilograms of cocaine—it was a significant amount. “It’s up there,” he said. “It’s a pretty substantial seizure.”

Neighbors were surprised by the amount of drugs seized from the home. “If it was $6,000, anybody might expect that,” said Tom Wolf, a local resident. “But $6 million, who expects that?”

Alvarez is now the subject of an internal investigation by the school district that employed her. 

One other suspect was arrested during the raid. Twenty-four-year-old Monica Pascual Brito faces the same charges that Alvarez does. Authorities are looking for a third suspect, 25-year-old Ricardo Pascual Brito, who was not at the home at the time of the raid. 

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