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Potomac Teacher Charged With Heroin Possession
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By Elizabeth Jia

WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) -- Montgomery County officials say an elementary school teacher has been charged with possession of heroin after a traffic stop in Silver Spring.

Police say 25-year-old Rebecca Amick was one of three people in a car that was stopped for speeding at the intersection of Georgia and Thayer avenues on Tuesday night.

Montgomery County Police official Paul Starks says the police report indicates the driver's hands were shaking. Police officers noticed signs of nervousness.

Police searched the car and the occupants and found Amick with nine bags of heroin. She was charged with possession of heroin and released on personal recognizance. A court date has not been set.

"The story they gave to the officers [was] they had just purchased the drugs in Washington, DC and were returning to Montgomery County," says Starks.

A spokeswoman for Montgomery public schools says Amick teaches special education at Woodlin Elementary School and has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.

"We have a lot at stake. We have a lot of incentive to try to win," says Amick's lawyer, Barry Helfand who believes there a good chance Amick may win her case.

"I'm not sure even if I win in the court of law, that in the big picture, will she be allowed to teach? I don't know. That's what I'm really hoping." Helfand adds Amick has a "spotless" criminal record.

Police say Faisal Abdullah, 25, of Potomac, Md., was also charged with possession of heroin, and a male driver was charged with speeding.

Abdullah has two outstanding warrants for prescription fraud, according to Montgomery County Police spokesman, Paul Starks.

The relationship between all three passngers is unclear, according to Amick's lawyer.

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