York teacher arrested for heroin trafficking

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A special education teacher at a York charter school has been placed on administrative leave following her arrest for heroin trafficking in Berks County.

Megan Butler Warner, 39, of York, was arrested Wednesday on a count of possession with intent to deliver, according to court documents.

The charge stems from a traffic stop near Reading in January, when Spring Township police said they found 97 bags of heroin in Warner’s purse after she ran a red light, charging papers state.

Warner told the officers she teaches 7th grade special education at Helen Thaxton Charter School, but denied she uses heroin or any other illegal drugs. She said she was transporting the drug to York for a friend who has a heroin addiction, and she didn’t want her friend to get sick from withdrawals, the criminal complaint states.

Warner told the officers she has picked up heroin for the friend at least five times in the last month or so, the complaint states.

She was allowed to leave the scene, and was released on $25,000 unsecured bail following her preliminary arraignment Wednesday. A preliminary hearing was scheduled May 20.

The charter school’s board of trustees, in a statement on its website, said they learned of the arrest Wednesday night.

The trustees said police assured them that they took steps to make sure students were not at risk between the January traffic stop and Wednesday’s arrest.

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