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Reported by Jamel Major

Teacher arrested in drug sale with student

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (WMC-TV) - West Memphis police say a teacher broke the trust parents expect from educators when she and her husband tried to buy prescription drugs from a student.

Tracie Lowman, a biology teacher at West Memphis High School, and her husband Gregory Lowman are charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell or deliver.

Police say the couple tried to purchase prescription pain pills from one of Lowman's students outside a local pharmacy. Authorities recovered the drugs during an undercover operation.

"The total recovered was approximately 64 prescription pills," said Capt. Donald Oakes of the West Memphis Police Dept. "The deal at that time was for 15. The teacher was supposed to buy 15 pills. At the time of her arrests, they found the additional pills in her person."

While police are not saying what type of pain killers were involved, or how the student may have acquired them, parents at the school are concerned.

"It's disturbing to know teachers are involved in crime as well," said parent Debra Jackson.

Tracie and Gregory Lowman are both scheduled to have bond hearings in West Memphis District Court at 9:00 a.m. Friday morning.

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