Maui teacher arrested on ice charges
KAHULUI — A Wailuku Elementary School teacher was arrested yesterday morning after police reported finding crystal methamphetamine in a search of her Kahului residence.
Bail was set at $3,000 for Cheryl Bisera, 47. She was charged with third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and promoting a controlled substance near a school.
Bisera has been placed on leave pending the state Department of Education's "suitability check" for employment, according to Bruce Anderson, the Maui Complex area superintendent. The evaluation involves determining whether Bisera can continue to work in light of the charges.
Bisera has been employed by the Department of Education since 1983 and has worked at other schools in the Maui District during her teaching career, Anderson said.
Capt. Gerald Matsunaga, commander of the police Vice Division, said police officers executed a search warrant at Bisera's residence on Molokai Akau Street at 6:40 a.m., finding 2.9 grams of crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia including a glass pipe commonly used to smoke ice, digital gram scales and a butane lighter.
Bisera was arrested at the residence, which is about 210 feet from Maui High School, well within the 750-foot distance required for the felony charge of promoting a controlled substance near a school, Matsunaga said.
Bisera allegedly was selling crystal methamphetamine, he said.