Tammy Anderson, a Panama City, Florida Teacher, was arrested for crack cocaine possession after Bay County Sheriff’s Office deputies found large amounts of crack cocaine, along with materials used to manufacture the drug, in her home, according to reports. Anderson, 51, was arrested along with 26-year-old Robert James Junior Williams, who was living in with her at the residence. Both parties face charges of manufacture of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of powder cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
Both Anderson and Williams, whose relationship is unclear, were booked at the Bay County Jail. It is not clear whether either party has been granted bail bond or has retained a private criminal defense attorney.
According to the arrest report, Bay County deputies acquire a search warrant for Anderson’s home after conducting a six-week investigation. The investigation was reportedly started after police received an anonymous tip concerning the alleged drug activity.
Upon searching Anderson’s Springfield home, located at 112 Santee Drive, police reportedly found approximately 2 grams of powder cocaine, 20 to 25 crack rocks weighing a combined 8.6 grams, and an ounce of marijuana, along with digital scales and items needed to manufacture crack cocaine. All of the drugs and paraphernalia have been confiscated as evidence.
Anderson has worked for the Bay District School system for around 10 years, teaching at Callaway Elementary School and A.D. Harris High School in the district. One of her responsibilities prior to her arrest was working at the GED (general education development) program at Bay County Jail, which helped inmates get their GED certificates. She has reportedly worked at the program since June 2011.
Anderson also has an extensive criminal record, including 11 arrests on drug and theft charges. Her arrests spanned from 1987 to 1994, when they abruptly stopped. Despite her criminal history, Anderson’s civil rights were restored in 2001 and the Florida Education Practices Commission granted Anderson a teaching certificate in 2004 after she agreed to steer clear from drugs and abide by the law. “She has ‘walked the walk’ and ‘talked the talk’ and is genuinely interested in counseling others toward a successful lifestyle,” wrote a party affiliated with Florida legal proceeding of Anderson in 2002.
As an educator, Anderson sometimes gave motivational talks in which she discussed her shoddy past in an attempt to show students that they could, too, overcome hardship. She also served as the director of an organization called Juveniles Understanding Discipline Order and Service (JUDOS). The only time she was missing from the Bay County School district after her start there was in 2009, when she took time of to complete a doctorate dissertation. The school district has announced that Anderson has been suspended with pay, and that district leaders will meet this week to discuss whether to fire Anderson.
Williams, the man who was apparently living with Anderson, was in prison fro 2005-2009 after he was convicted of selling and possessing cocaine. Authorities are still unsure of how he met Anderson.