Teacher, 3 Others Face Felony Drug Charges
HUMBLE, May 8, 2014 - On Tuesday, members of the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office arrested an Humble I.S.D. first-grade teacher and three other people on multiple first-degree felony drug charges at an apartment complex near an elementary school in Porter. Weapons and other contraband were also discovered.
The investigation began after multiple complaints regarding strange odors coming from a first floor apartment in one of the three-story units at the Villas at Valley Ranch Apartments on Valley Ranch Crossing Drive, off of the southbound US 59 feeder and almost directly across the street from Valley Ranch Elementary. The complainants were concerned the smell was related to illegal narcotics and said they noticed a large number of people visiting the apartment, at all hours of the day and night, for short periods of time.
Pct. 4 investigators responded to the residence and made contact with the occupants who allowed deputies to go inside where plastic bags containing methamphetamine and black tar heroin were in plain view. The three residents, Monica Quintero, Andrew Zick and James Zipperer were on location, along with Mackinley Breeden of Humble.
Quintero is a first-grade bilingual teacher at Ridge Creek Elementary in Humble I.S.D.
Inside Quintero and Zick’s bedroom, deputies found over a dozen small stainless measuring cups containing liquid heroin, multiple syringes, two plastic bags containing methamphetamine; scales typical of those used to weigh illegal drugs, and a pistol. The firearm was illegal because Zick is a convicted felon.
Zick also had a box in the bedroom containing over $10,000 cash and receipts for items purchased and used as precursors for the Heroin lab located in the kitchen area.
In the crowded living room, deputies found multiple items typically traded for illegal drugs because they can easily be converted to cash, such as small welding machines, air compressors, and many other tools. The frame of a stolen pistol with a loaded magazine was also recovered from the living room.
“We’ve heard heroin was making a comeback in some areas, but until (Tuesday), we weren’t really seeing it in East County,” Hayden said. “It was disturbing to find a lab set up in a family apartment complex adjacent to a neighborhood and in such close proximity to an elementary school.”
“What’s more disturbing is learning the female suspect is a first grade teacher,” he said. “Apparently, Ms. Quintero was living a double life and now it has caught up with her.”
Constable Hayden said if anyone else is considering going into the heroin business, they should take note of the charges and penalties.
“We will not tolerate this poison in Precinct 4,” he said. “It not only increases the crime rate, it destroys lives and families and we’ll do whatever we have to in order to prevent that.”