Southaven police arrest teachers on drug charges

By Chip Washington - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Two formerly married Memphis City School teachers are in deep trouble after they were busted on separate drug charges this week.

Emily Tubb and her former husband, Mark Magill, are both in custody after a recent altercation at their Southaven home.   

"He was subsequently arrested for domestic violence, simple assault, manufacture of methamphetamine and kidnapping," said Southaven Police Department Assistant Chief Steve Pirtle.

The kidnapping charge stems from Magill taking the couple's two children away from their home Monday and not divulging where he took them. Police were called to their Southaven home later Monday evening.  Pirtle said a search of the property showed that Mark Magill was making methamphetamine in this shed behind the home.

A neighbor, who did not wish to be identified, said there have been problems at the home in the past, and that she worries about the children..

"The kids are closer to the dad than the mother. I worry about the kids," she said.

Pirtle said Emily Tubb is being held in federal custody because she was found at two meth houses this week, including her former husband's place in Southaven.  Police said the volatility of the meth put the children at very high risk.

"You've got innocent children that don't have a choice put in this dangerous situation," Pirtle said.

Emily Tubb was in the English department at East High School, while Mark Magill was a physical education teacher at Fairley Elementary. They were both suspended without pay.

Mark Magill is being held at the DeSoto County Jail on a $125,000 bond, while Emily Tubb is being held in federal custody without bond.

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