MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) – A 45-year-old Manchester elementary school teacher was arrested last week for allegedly running a marijuana grow operation from her Pine Street apartment.
Kirsten Dergosits, who teaches third grade at Robertson Elementary School, was immediately placed on administrative leave, a school official said.
Police said they seized 3.5 pounds of marijuana, nine plants, 13 seedlings, and marijuana packaging and growing equipment from Dergosits’ apartment at Ribbon Mills Apartments.
The marijuana had an estimated street value of $12,000, police said.
Officers with the East Central Narcotics Taskforce also seized 22 grams of suspected Methamphetamine or MDMA, about $4,300 cash, a TV, several cell phones and a computer, police said.
Dergosits was charged with cultivation of marijuana, operating a drug factory and possession of drugs within 1500 feet of a school, among other charges. Her husband whom she shares an apartment, Robert Dergosits, faces the same charges.
The elementary school teacher and her husband were both held on $150,000 bond.