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Just two weeks after her arrest, Napa resident and Vallejo elementary school teacher Delicia Gomez has pleaded no contest to one of two drug charges.

Gomez, 36, may face up to four years in state prison for smuggling contraband into jail, to which she pleaded no contest last week before Judge Elia Ortiz in Napa County Superior Court. The other felony drug charge – possession of a controlled substance for sale – was dismissed.

The private school teacher was arrested by the Napa Special Investigations Bureau on Aug. 25 after investigators found suspected methadone pills in an unmarked bottle in her purse while serving a search warrant on her and her home on the 1100 block of Marina Drive earlier in the month. Two meth pipes and another bottle of methadone, which was prescribed to Gomez and dated Aug. 4, was also found in the home with more than half the pills missing, according to the arrest report.

Text messages related to the sale of the pills were located on her cellphone, according to the report.

Deputy District Attorney Nick Gohn said that he was happy with the investigative work that helped bring more drugs off the street. Gohn said that he'd reserve further comment for after sentencing. 

Gomez’s defense attorney, Kris Keeley, did not respond to Register inquiries as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Gomez was released on her own recognizance and required to report to probation on Sept. 7. It is not known if Gomez, who has previously worked as a tutor at a learning center in Napa, is still employed by the school. 

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 12.


Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC.