MOHAWK SCHOOLS Former teacher faces charges
The school district did not renew his contract in June.
By LAURE CIOFFI
VINDICATOR NEW CASTLE BUREAU
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A former Mohawk High School physical education teacher has been arrested on drug charges.
Timothy James Mosley, 29, of East Leasure Avenue, New Castle, was arrested Tuesday in Bessemer by Lawrence County deputy sheriffs. He is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of a controlled substance.
Mosley was released from jail after posting $100,000 bond.
Mosley was arrested with 174 OxyContin tablets, according to Lawrence County District Attorney Matthew Mangino. The 80-mg tablets have a street value of up to $14,000, he said.
According to a police affidavit filed to support the charges, a confidential informant told police that Mosley makes a trip to Boardman, Ohio, once a month to obtain OxyContin tablets.
Court papers said that Mosley called the informant, who was not identified, on Friday and said that he was making a trip to Boardman today and that Mosley could buy up to $5,000 worth of 80-mg OxyContin at $40 per tablet.
Police said Mosley called back over the weekend and said he came home early from a trip to Florida and could take the informant to Boardman on Tuesday to buy the OxyContin, but before that time wanted to drive to Boardman with the informant to show him where the buy would take place. Court papers said Mosley picked up the informant at 5 p.m. Sunday and went to a ball field near an elementary school off of U.S. Route 224.
Police said they contacted U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officers in Youngstown about the investigation after Mosley took the informant across the state line to Boardman.
Through a joint effort the DEA, New Castle Police and Lawrence County District Attorney's Drug Task Force equipped the informant with a transmitter and a body recorder Tuesday. They also gave the informant $4,000 in marked bills.
Followed by police
Police said Mosley picked up the informant around 4 p.m. Tuesday and drove to Bruster's Ice Cream on U.S. Route 224 in Poland where the informant was dropped off. Police said they then followed Mosley to a house in the Poland-Boardman area. Mosley returned to the ice cream store and picked up the informant and then drove back to Pennsylvania where police stopped him in Bessemer.
Court papers said Mosley had a plastic bag with 174 suspected OxyContin tablets when stopped.
Mohawk Schools Superintendent Timothy McNamie said Mosley had been a temporary professional employee up until June when his contract was not renewed by the school board. McNamie said Mosley is appealing the board's decision through the teachers union. The superintendent said the board's decision not to renew Mosley's contract June 14 had nothing to do with the police investigation, but was the result of a personnel matter he could not discuss.