Leilehua teacher accused of drug involvement placed on house arrest

Leilehua High School teacher Janice Fontes will be released from federal custody soon.

Fontes is accused of receiving crystal meth in the mail and sending cash to the mainland.

Wahiawa neighbors said they were stunned when Fontes was arrested on the drug charges.

On Monday, a federal judge decided to release her from federal custody.

“Fortunately, the judge saw that the conditions to have her released, to have home detention pending trial in this matter. So I’m very pleased for her,” defense attorney Myles Breiner said.

Fontes is a special education teacher at Leilehua and is currently on unpaid leave.

“Her connections to the community are long and deep connections and commitment to helping people in Wahiawa. She volunteers her time helping the homeless in Wahiawa and she’s very concerned about drugs in the community,” Breiner said.

According to court documents, a FedEx parcel containing 313 grams of crystal meth was intercepted earlier this month. Agents also discovered more drugs in the bedroom of her Wahiawa home.

Nevertheless, dozens of people showed up at court to show their support for Fontes.

“She has a very large family, there are a number of people in Wahiawa who are committed to helping her, her church came forward, they’re her sponsors. It was wonderful, it was wonderful to see that kind of outpouring,” says Breiner.

Fontes will be released to the custody of church member Lisa Peterson. She will be under house arrest and Peterson will be responsible for her over the coming weeks.

“Yes, there’s a lot of things and we both agreed that we’re going to do the right thing and she’s going to change her life around and I know that so I’m proud of her now,” Peterson said.

No trial date has been set.

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