Elizabeth Parrish, a Bremen High School teacher, was arrested for selling and manufacturing methamphetamine.
BREMEN, GA -- A high school teacher in Bremen was charged with selling and manufacturing the drug methamphetamine after a narcotics task force found a meth lab in her home.
The Haralson-Paulding County Drug Task Force went to the home on Buchanan Street in Bremen Monday night because they developed information that a man they wanted to arrest was at the home. The narcotics task force had a warrant to arrest Michael Bott, 23 of Bremen.
Haralson County Sheriff Eddie Mixon said when agents knocked on the door, they saw Bott run into a back room. "There was a strong odor of a chemical smell," the Sheriff said. Agents also saw what they believed were the makings of a meth lab.
They were able to arrest Bott and six other people in the home. Elizabeth Parrish, 29, a Social Studies teacher at Bremen High School was one of the persons arrested. Also charged was Blake Lee, 22, his brother Jake Lee, 22, Andrew Grimes, 25, Amanda Crabb, 23 and Victoria Deaton, 25. All of them are residents of Bremen. All of them were charged with selling and manufacturing methamphetamine according to Sheriff Mixon.
Valerie Ruff lives next door to the home raided by police. "It's very, very, very disturbing to me," Ruff said. "I'm very upset, I have four children and the fact that I'm living right next door to it really just irritates me."
What is more troubling to Ruff and others is the arrest of Elizabeth Parrish. Ruff's daughter Jessica Young is a junior at Bremen High School and is a student in Parrish's World History class. "That's something that teenagers would do," Young said. "It's not something that a teacher that's teaching teenagers should do."
Her mother said it gives Bremen and its schools a bad name. "I just think that right now we're having to answer for some decisions that somebody else made and that's really not fair," Ruff said.
Parrish comes from a family that is very active in the Bremen City School District. Her father, Gordon Parrish is on the School Board and her mother, Janis Parrish is the Assistant Superintendent of Schools according to the district's website.
"That just goes to show you that it doesn't matter who you are or what you do, meth affects everybody," said Sheriff Mixon.
The Sheriff said the drug task force was watching the house Parrish lived in for two months. He said several controlled buys of methamphetamine were made at the home by undercover narcotics agents. "We had recently made buys from Miss Parrish," the Sheriff said.
Sheriff Mixon also said Parrish is suspected of using the drug. "She has been selling methamphetamine and according to the interview, it was to help her boyfriend who was in jail to get out," he said.
Blake Lee, who was also arrested at the home, was Parrish's boyfriend according to the Sheriff. Now he'll need to be bailed out again, and so will his girlfriend.