New Matamoras resident – a W.Va. teacher – charged with possession

ST. MARYS, W.Va.- A Pleasants County teacher charged with drug possession by Ohio officers after a traffic stop in Monroe County has been suspended indefinitely without pay.

Alexandra Lemley, of New Matamoras, a middle/junior high teacher in the Pleasants County school system, was arrested earlier this month in Ohio by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Major Crimes Task Force. On Thursday, the Pleasants County Board of Education voted to suspend her.

“She was suspended without pay indefinitely, while the investigation continues,” Pleasants County Schools Superintendent Mike Wells said. “It was voted (Thursday) night and is retroactive until March 13.”

Lemley, 27, was found with heroin, pills and cocaine on March 13, officials said. She was arrested along with three others.

Their vehicle was followed to Columbus and back to Monroe County when it was intercepted after having been under surveillance for some time. Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said the group was making about 10 trips a month to Columbus.

Law enforcement officials recovered 12 grams of heroin, oxycodone pills, two grams of crack cocaine and numerous paraphernalia as result of their search.

Lemley also allegedly had 8 grams of heroin that were discovered hidden in a body cavity as she was processed into the Washington County Jail.

Her bond was set at $61,000 and she remains in custody.

Also arrested were Michael Armstrong, 32, and Brianne Nester, 28, of 28295 State Route 26; and Travis Poole, 27, all of New Matamoras.