Teacher arrested after allegedly providing drugs to undercover officer
A schoolteacher has been arrested in a Ventura County Sheriff’s sting operation at a Motel 6 in Camarillo, where the suspect allegedly provided drugs to an undercover deputy, authorities said.
Ashraf Boulos Hindi, a math teacher in the William S. Hart School District in Santa Clarita, was booked Saturday on suspicion of possession of narcotics and transporting drugs after he allegedly brought marijuana to the motel, authorities said. Deputies subsequently found cocaine at his residence.
A sheriff’s investigator posing as a female seeking companionship through Craigslist.com began interacting with 29-year-old Hindi on May 28, authorities said. To further entice the "adult female," Hindi offered to bring cocaine, marijuana and alcohol to the motel, according to Ventura County Sgt. John J. Gleason.
When Hindi arrived at the Motel 6 about 3 p.m., investigators took him into custody without incident and found him to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana, authorities said. Further investigation allegedly turned up cocaine at his Canyon Country home.
Hindi was arrested on suspicion of transporting and offering a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance, and booked into Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility. He is being held in lieu of $50,000.
Hindi’s employment as a high school teacher was confirmed and the school officials notified, Gleason said.
-- Richard Winton