Seminole High School teacher arrested, accused of trafficking fentanyl

Shavon Pearson, 38, teaches at Ninth Grade Center in Sanford

SANFORD, Fla. – A Seminole County Public Schools teacher was arrested Saturday on drug charges after Sanford police received a 911 call that a woman was pointing a gun at the caller, officials said.

Shavon Pearson, 38, an instructional coach at Seminole High School Ninth Grade Center in Sanford, was arrested on charges of trafficking more than 4 grams of fentanyl.

Sanford police said officers received the 911 call around 1:30 a.m., with the caller reporting that a woman driving a red Dodge Charger pointed a gun at him or her. It’s not known what prompted the incident.

Officers located the vehicle near Academy and Carver avenues and conducted a traffic stop, police said.

Authorities said Pearson was the only person in the car, where officers spotted a cannabis blunt in the center console. A search of the car revealed 8 grams of fentanyl, a loaded 9mm handgun and one gram of cannabis, police said.

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The Seminole County school district said Pearson has been placed on administrative leave.

A police investigation is ongoing.

“Our immediate concern is ensuring that students were not impacted. She was in a profession of trust and she has clearly breached that trust,” Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Sanford Police Department or Crimeline at 800 423-TIPS (8477).


Pearson was released from jail Sunday after posting a $15,000 bond, according to the booking report.

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