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story.lead_photo.caption Shernetta Bogard, 39, of Little Rock

A Little Rock charter school teacher is accused of drug trafficking after 4 pounds of cocaine was found in her home, authorities said.

Shernetta Bogard, 39, of Little Rock was arrested around 6:30 a.m. Thursday at a residence on Silver Fir Court on drug and weapons-related charges, records show.

Six weapons and 4 pounds of cocaine were found during the execution of a search warrant at her home that day, Pulaski County sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Cody Burk said.

Bogard faces charges of trafficking a schedule II drug, possession of weapons by certain persons, maintaining a drug premises near a drug-free zone, simultaneous possession of drugs and weapons, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Records show Bogard pleaded innocent Friday to the 10 counts in Little Rock District Court.

Bogard worked as a teacher for Little Rock Preparatory Academy, according to a report from the Pulaski County sheriff's office. An archived online employee directory listed Bogard as a third-grade instructor at its primary school. She was not named on the website Tuesday morning.

Little Rock Preparatory Academy is part of the Exalt Education Network based in central Arkansas.

Christina Long, superintendent at Exalt Education Inc., said Tuesday that a teacher has been placed on administrative leave "for alleged activity that happened away from our campus." Long declined to name the instructor.

"The teacher is not permitted on campus, and we will make a decision about the status of her employment once the legal process has run its course," Long said in a statement.

Bogard remained at the Pulaski County jail Tuesday evening in lieu of $150,000 bond, according to an online inmate roster.


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