A Canyon High School teacher was arrested for narcotics possession Saturday in Ventura County after he answered an online ad for a female seeking companionship.
On Saturday, the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail initiated an investigation into illegal drug transactions via the Internet. An investigator posing as a female seeking male companionship accessed Craigslist.com and began interacting with 29-year-old Ashraf Boulos Hindi.
In an apparent effort to further entice the adult “female,” Hindi offered to transport cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol to a designated location in the city of Camarillo. As the communication progressed, Hindi identified himself as a schoolteacher employed by the William S. Hart School District in Santa Clarita.
Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking news alerts delivered right to your inbox
Hindi agreed to an encounter at the Motel 6 on Daily Drive in Camarillo. Upon Hindi’s arrival, personnel assigned to Special Enforcement Detail immediately detained him. Hindi was found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana, and further investigation revealed the previously discussed cocaine was still hidden at Hindi’s residence. A small quantity of cocaine was seized later that evening during a search of Hindi’s residence in Canyon Country.
He was arrested by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of transporting and offering a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and transporting/furnishing marijuana. Hindi was booked without incident at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.
“We were made aware of the Saturday arrest of a Canyon High School teacher in Camarillo for narcotics possession,” wrote Hart District spokeswoman Gail Pinsker in a release. “No students or minors were involved in his alleged illegal activity nor were any other Hart District staff. We are monitoring the situation and appropriate action will be taken in accordance with California Education Code and District Policy.”