Portsmouth teacher arrested on drug charges denied bond

Michael E. McCormick (Photo: Portsmouth police)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A Portsmouth judge denied bond Friday for 48-year-old Michael Earl McCormick, the Portsmouth high school teacher facing drug charges.

Michael E. McCormick (Photo: Portsmouth police)

McCormick, who lives in Chesapeake, is charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin and one count possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a community/recreation center.

McCormick is a teacher at I.C. Norcom High School. The school placed him on leave one day before school let out for the summer, the same day McCormick turned himself into police.

According to court paperwork, McCormick was being investigated as a larger joint operation between Portsmouth Police and the Norfolk Drug Enforcement Agency’s office. Arrest warrants show that McCormick is alleged to have sold heroin in April and again in May.

Court paperwork says that on May 18, McCormick left I.C. Norcom High School and drove to a predetermined location, where he allegedly sold heroin to a confidential source. Detectives saw the transaction. They then sent the drug to a lab, where court paperwork says it tested positive for both heroin and the deadly substance, Fentanyl.

According to police, McCormick’s May drug transaction took place within one thousand feet of the Effingham Street YMCA.