EDEN Stoneville Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Rebekah Carroll Tulloch was suspended without pay Friday after Eden police arrested her on four felony charges related to cocaine and firearms.

Her crimes did not take place on school property, according to Rockingham County Schools officials.

Tulloch, 43, faces one count each of felony trafficking cocaine, felony maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of use, storage or sale of controlled substances, felony maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of use, storage or sale of controlled substances, and felony possession of a stolen firearm, according to Eden Police Department spokesman Lt. David Lamberth.

Details from indictments allege Tulloch trafficked “cocaine by possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine or any mixture containing cocaine.’’

An indictment states Tulloch used a 2005 BMW X5 vehicle for storing and selling cocaine.

Placed on a $15,000 secured bond, Tulloch is being held at the Rockingham County Jail in Wentworth and is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County Superior Court on July, 15, according to Lamberth and court records.

The teacher’s arrest came at roughly 5:30 a.m. Friday at her Highland Drive home in Eden as part of a crime sweep collaboration by the Eden Police Department, the Reidsville Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation targeting street level drug dealers.

Dubbed “Operation Last Chance,” the sting had Eden’s Special Operations Division undercover agents purchase narcotics from multiple Eden-area dealers since the investigation began in February. The field work and consultation with Rockingham County District Attorney Jason Ramey’s office led to grand jury indictments for Tulloch and nine other Eden residents arrested Friday.

Tulloch has taught in the county schools for 12 years, having instructed at Draper Elementary School from 2007 through 2017. She joined the staff of Stoneville Elementary in August 2017.

Telephone messages went out to alert parents of children in Tulloch's class of her arrest and departure, school officials said 

Also held at the Rockingham County Jail after arrest Friday were:

Tony Zaquece Wheeler, 35, of Highland Drive in Eden. He was charged with one count of possession of firearm by felon and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. Wheeler was placed under a $10,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County District Court on June 11, 2019.

Chad Price, 26, of Short Morgan Road in Eden was charged with three counts of sell and deliver cocaine. Price was placed under a $7,500 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County Superior Court on July 15, 2019.

Walter Tilley, 55, of Prospect Street in Eden was charged with two counts of trafficking in schedule II controlled substance by possession, four counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and one count of conspiracy to traffic in opium. Tilley was held on a $40,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County Superior Court on July 15, 2019.

Shawn Leander Ray, 33, of Bridge Street in Eden was charged with five counts of sell and deliver cocaine. Ray was placed under a $10,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County Superior Court on July 15, 2019.

Roy Calvin Edwards, 71, of Warren Ave. in Eden was charged with four counts of trafficking in opium by possession. Edwards was placed under a $5,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County Superior Court on July 15, 2019.

Lisa Tilley Emerson, 52 of Johnsie Bille Harris Street was charged with two counts of trafficking in schedule II controlled substance by possession and one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Emerson was placed under a $13,500 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County Superior Court on July 15, 2019.

Jessica Stegall, 25, of Dacur Street in Eden was charged with one count of possession of marijuana. Stegall was transported to the Rockingham County Magistrate’s Office where she received a $1,500 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County District Court on June 11, 2019. 

William Kane Wood, 49, of Merriman Street in Eden was charged with one count of possession of marijuana. Wood was transported to the Rockingham County Magistrate’s Office where he received a $1,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County District Court on June 11, 2019. A

Ciara Broadnax, 27, of Ashe Street in Eden, was charged with one count of possession of marijuana. Broadnax was transported to the Rockingham County Magistrate’s Office where she received a $1,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County District Court on June 11, 2019.

The Eden Police Department is seeking the whereabouts of following individuals who also face grand jury indictments or arrest warrants for narcotics charges stemming from Operation Last Chance: Phillip James Hedgepeth, 39, of Lynrock Terrace in Eden is charged with one count of sell/deliver methamphetamine. Derek Hairston, 29, of Holland Street in Eden is charged with one count of sell/deliver cocaine and one count of sell/deliver counterfeit controlled substance. Maurice Millner, 58, of Eden is charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.

Jessica Brooke Frey, 37, of Boone Road in Eden, is charged with one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and one count of sell and deliver cocaine.

Tristan Kaleb Wilson, 21, of Eden is charged with one count of possession of marijuana, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone having information about the whereabouts of the wanted individuals  or information concerning illegal drug activity is asked to call Sgt. Sam Reid or Det. Bill Wade at the Eden Police Department at 336-623-9755 (24hr) or 336-623-9240.

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Susie C. Spear is a staff writer for RockinghamNow. She can be reached at 743-333-4101 and on Twitter @SusieSpear_RCN.​

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