Laurel County Teacher Arrested at School on Drug Charges

A North Laurel Middle School teacher is facing charges following an arrest at the school. An arrest citation states 43-year-old Melissa Neeley, of London, got into an altercation with an officer with the Laurel County Public School’s police force when she tried to enter the building and go to her classroom. The citation states the officer told her that a criminal investigation was underway and she needed to leave. She then reportedly pushed her way past the officer and refused to stop until the officer reportedly had to use force to stop her and placed her under arrest. A second arrest citation states there was a complaint against Neeley for possible drug use on school grounds. Police got a search warrant to search her purse and car. Inside the purse, police said they found several pill bottles, one of which had a hydrocodone that was not in a proper container. They also reportedly found a blue plastic pill crusher and a plate, both with white powder residue along with a plastic straw. Inside her car, officers reportedly found another pill crusher and plate, both with white powder residue still on them. Neeley is charged with assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct, prescription drugs not in a proper container and possession of drug paraphernalia.