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Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2010

Teacher arrested on meth charges


Maui News

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Cheryl Bisera

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KAHULUI, Maui A Wailuku Elementary School teacher was arrested Tuesday morning after police reported finding crystal methamphetamine during 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 allegedly was selling crystal methamphetamine, said police Capt. Gerald Matsunaga, commander of the vice division.

Bisera has been placed on leave pending a state Department of Education employment "suitability check," said Bruce Anderson, DOE Maui Complex area superintendent.

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.

Matsunaga said police officers executed a search warrant at Bisera's residence on Moloka'i 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 home, 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.