Charter school employee caught with extensive drug stash, sold to co-worker in school parking lot

Charter school employee caught with extensive drug stash, sold to coworker in school parking lot

CHURCHILL, Pa. — An employee at an Allegheny County charter school is facing charges after police said he was selling drugs to another employee in the school's parking lot.

According to the chief of the Churchill Police Department, the drug deal happened in the parking lot of the PACE Charter School where they both worked.

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Officers caught the suspect during a traffic stop, where a K-9 found cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, Xanax pills and marijuana, police said.

According to police, Devon Alexander admitted to selling the drugs in the school's parking lot, telling officers:

"Someone asked if he could get them some, and he gave it to her. Alexander went on to state that It was 'a fellow female employee."
"The transaction had just occurred in the parking lot of the school, just prior to him leaving school grounds and being stopped by police."

"She did meet with him in his vehicle in the parking lot where a hand-to-hand transaction did occur," said Ronald Akerley, chief of the Churchill Police Department. "We believe that substance was probably marijuana."

Alexander worked as a behavioral specialist.

"The fact that this is an employee of a school and a school that specializes in kids with disabilities and behavioral issues" makes the case "more significant" than other drug busts, Akerley said.

Police are looking at possibly charging the other employee involved.

Chief executive officer, Karen Shepherd, sent Channel 11 the following statement:

"Earlier today I was alerted to an incident involving one of our staff members. Since hearing about this situation, the employee has been terminated. We are fully cooperating with the Churchill Police Department on this matter. We will also be conducting our own internal investigation. The safety and security of our students are our utmost concern."