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Former Steinbrenner High teacher accused of drug trafficking

Published May 18, 2012

TAMPA — A former high school teacher faces a drug trafficking charge after, deputies say, he stole addictive painkillers from a CVS pharmacy where he worked as a technician.

Lamonte Hambrick, 30, took 9,200 hydrocodone pills, according to an arrest affidavit.

He also took 7,200 pills of alprazolam, an anti-anxiety medication, the report states.

The total value, according to the Sheriff's Office: $8,800.

Hambrick took the pills between March 1 and May 11 from the CVS Pharmacy at 813 Bearss Ave., and, according to deputies, admitted to doing it.

He had taught foreign language at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz.

According to the school's student publication, the Oracle, principal Brenda Grasso told a student reporter that Hambrick was not planning to return the next school year and had resigned in March.

Hambrick remained in jail Thursday night on $252,000 bail.