Kansas teacher arrested for trafficking meth

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LIBERAL, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities have arrested a 37-year-old Kansas teacher for trafficking in methamphetamine following a multi-agency investigation.

Melissa Abla was arrested last month after law enforcement executed a search warrant at her home in Tyrone, Oklahoma. The Hutch Post reports she was a teacher at Seymour Rogers Middle School in Liberal, but records on the district's website have been removed.

Also arrested at the home was 49-year-old Everett Tomlinson. 

When law enforcement enter their home on November 20, they found two loaded handguns. KSCB reports that in the freezer, agents found a Crown Royal bag and other smaller bags of meth, weighing just short of a kilogram (2.2 pounds). More firearms were located in a safe, and another 75 grams of meth along with scales and baggies were found in other areas of the home.

Tomlinson allegedly told law enforcement that he had been traveling to Oklahoma City for about a year to buy meth and then distribute it around Texas County. 

Abla told authorities she had driven to locations where she believed Tomlinson was conducting transactions to purchase and distribute, according to KSCB. She also said she had traveled to Oklahoma City with Tomlinson on Nov. 17, at which time he purchased one kilogram of meth.

Abla and Tomlinson face charges of aggravated trafficking methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school or park; felony conspiracy to commit aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school or park; felony possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a tax stamp affixed; felony maintaining a place for keeping or selling a controlled substance; felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Abla is being held on a $250,000 bond. USD 480 has not commented on the status of her employment. 

Tyrone is about 10 miles southwest of Liberal. 

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