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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover High School teacher arrested last week on drug charges is still on the job.

A school district spokeswoman says the district says it is investigating Catherine Entrocaso after an Alcohol Law Enforcement agents arrested her for possession of schedule II narcotics.

An ALE agent pulled Entrocaso over for speeding Thursday on US 421 in New Hanover County. Assistant Special Agent Jason Locklear says Entrocaso was arrested with 13 Adderall pills in non-prescription bottles without a label. Adderall is a stimulant, often prescribed for attention deficit disorder.

Entrocaso is an english teacher at New Hanover High School, according to the school’s website. One of Entrocaso’s former students says she did not see this coming. She says most students don’t know because she is still working.

“Every time I saw her, she never seemed like she was high or anything,” student Kashia Aiken said. “People in her class, I don’t think they feel threatened in any way.”

Aiken says she thinks Entrocaso should get help because she is a teacher and has a young daughter.

Entrocaso is scheduled for court June 13.


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  • Guest55555www

    These pills belonged to someone else that had a rightful prescription. Lazy journalism.

  • Guest Timekeeper

    Nobody has said that carrying prescription meds in an unmarked bottle was illegal. It has been hinted at, but not specifically said. I just cannot believe our laws have come to this, yet, anyhow. If anybody knows for sure, by all means post such law so we can all read it. Lots of pills look alike, what would keep somebody from putting hard stuff in an aspirin bottle?

  • Vog46

    I agree she is innocent until proven guilty.
    Right now she’s just appears to be stupid.
    That is not a crime.
    If she did not have an Rx THAT raises all sorts of questions – none of which are good for her.
    As I said n my first post on this subject – I hope she told someone at NHHS that she was taking this stuff, and why.
    But their reaction – suspension with pay until the determination is made – tells me they may know something else.
    I’m not going to surmise what that might be but it appears to me that if she had an Rx this story would be over and charges dropped already. The longer the story goes on the more I believe that something is drastically wrong here.
    That’s not a conviction mind you – just an opinion. I hope that I am wrong.


  • Guest350

    Ok, Vog…my point is that carrying prescription drugs in an unmarked bottle should NOT constitute any type violation of any law. This is pure BS. It seems as if she has been put into a position where she must prove her innocence. This is not the way it is in America, but getting there fast. This cop is out of order and certainly under no circumstances a hero. Ever since 9-11, the term “hero” has become one of the most loosely used terms in the English language. Once a hero was someone who pulled a victim from an accident and revived him, or someone who went into a burning home to save lives. Now some are labeled heroes for little or nothing and doing what they are paid to do. I am still waiting to find out if she had a RX for the meds or maybe someone else who uses her vehicle had them. There is no reason to think this woman has done anything wrong at this point in time.

  • Vog46

    If she’s got a ‘script – no problem – all she’s guilty of is a traffic infraction and carrying pills in a non-labelled container.
    That does not make her a criminal
    Nor does it make the LEO an idiot because he may have stopped her for good reason.

    But if, in fact, she has no Rx – then she’s a pill popping addict, or WORSE a dealer, with no reason to be in front of a class, and the LEO turns into a hero.

    I’m hoping she had an Rx……….


  • Southern Born

    Jason probably excels in other areas, my guess while you were focusing all your efforts on spelling, and getting that college degree someone like Jason was teaching himself how to repair a car, plant a field, dig a ditch, or do some type of vocational work.

    But in your mind if you cannot spell, then he is beneath you, my guess is you can spell the name of your car mechanic, he probably repairs his own.. So for all of your college educated, cant find a job English majors, odds are in the same four year period as you go to college he will gain more on the job life experience and end up making more money.

    Just a guess, so if I have misspelled any word my apology to any one who cannot understand my interpretation of your Dumb@#$ comment towards a young man who appears to be less thuggish in his sincerity towards his teacher than you are mean spirited about his spelling.

  • Guest350

    The bottom line here is that if she had a prescription for her meds, was using them as directed, she should not be considered a criminal for not having them in the original container. Our legal system is totally out of control. Too many citizens are becoming criminals for no reason.

  • 100%Teacher

    There are many people out there who are functioning addicts. They hold down jobs, pay their bills, but do not understand the potential consequences of their actions until they are caught. There is simply no reason to have two weeks worth of Adderal in your possession in an unmarked bottle. And yes because of this teacher readers of the news read, “Teacher, Arrest, and Drugs,” therefore she tarnishes the profession of many other drug free teachers. But they the truth will come out and someone will need to find a new job.

  • Vog46

    If she’s got and Rx for it I have no problem.
    She made a stupid move by not having them in the original Rx bottle. This should be easy to prove.
    If she did not have an Rx then the situation changes – and badly for her.

    As for the ALE agent he’s still an LEO and I have no qualms with his pulling her over if he had probable cause, Hopefully we’ll hear something about that but I give him the benefit of the doubt for this one.

    What concerns me is what appears to be the auto response “she’s a caring teacher”, “she gives extra help”, “the students love her”, and so on.
    Look, I hate to sound harsh here but most teachers aren’t all hero’s.
    Most LEO’s aren’t all egotistical braggerts with side arms.

    So for her supporters out there? If she’s found to NOT have an Rx? Then she’s justifiably called a drug addicted teacher and a thief and a poor example to her students.
    To those quick to criticize her? If she has an Rx she just made a dumb mistake and should be re-instated with the admonishment of don’t do it again. (it would also be a teachable moment in class).
    To the LEO? If he had cause? Then you did a damned fine job……


  • WantsFacts!

    I hope that as teachers, we are demonstrating how to closely read such articles as this and waiting for evidence versus jumping to snap decisions–where a person was charged (strangely, it sounds like according to some of the other comments) with having prescription pills in her vehicle, in what sounds like a travelling container. I know lots of people who combine pills into one container for travelling, or who put them in those days of the week containers for organization. I’ve never seen those come with warnings about legality of use. More importantly, did anyone ask who the pills belonged to or were prescribed to? Just because something is in your car does not mean that it is something you are personally ingesting–especially if you have a family or friends who may have been in your vehicle.

    Seems like we would need a little more ‘investigation’ before deciding that this teacher is “the problem with education these days.” I may not be 100%Teacher, but I am 100% sure that we aren’t supposed to assume guilt before a fair trial–particularly when we are only looking at the opinion of a remotely connected student and some vague accusations.

  • Ask questions

    As journalists, you should not only be asking why a teacher was in possession of Adderall, but also asking why an ALE officer was conducting a traffic stop. What gave him cause to search her car? Was he out of his jurisdiction? If so, why? The real investigative journalism is not on the surface of the story.

    The issue of police rights versus the rights of the individual has been on my mind as I have watched story after story in which you cover “Click it or Ticket” and “DUI” checkpoint campaigns. At what point does the media begin asking the hard questions? Since when do police have the right to stop citizens without cause? At what point do you, as journalists, fight for the rights of the people instead of rushing to find the most scandalous headline to lead your broadcast with?


    got to have something to do. You don’t expect them to go after real crime do you ? I have a prescription for 100 vicodin a month from my doctor and carry them all the time with me when I travel in a regular pill bottle, stop me and I will produce a script for it in a heartbeat and screw you. PIGS you just have to hate em….

  • Guest100

    To learn all the information on Aderall. You seem to be on the internet a lot so just open another tab…

  • nonicomb

    The more I read this article, as well as comments below, I realize how easily this could happen to me one day.

    I, too, am a teacher. I taught elementary school for two years and am close to completing my tenth year at the high school level. I was diagnosed with ADD as an adult, and am prescribed Adderall XR to help maintain focus while working.

    I am divorced and have custody of my very active 5 year old, who keeps me very busy.

    Many mornings I have walked out of the house having forgotten to take my medication. Therefore, I have started to keep some in my purse, just in case. I originally put them in the “old” prescription bottle I would normally discard. However, there have been two incidents when the bottle somehow opened in my purse spilling the few I keep on hand. The alternative I found was a pill box with a better latch on it, that I can also keep a few extra Tylenol in. It’s quite handy.

    However, now I realize that it is also “quite” illegal.

    Perhaps this is what happened with this woman (I hope!), and maybe it will be dropped if she does have a prescription in her name. Otherwise, I hope she is able to learn from this and get help if it is not medically necessary. It really can be quite addictive. I minimize my use on weekends and during summer break because of that.

    Let us hear her side and see…

  • Guest9743

    I hope she doesn’t go to jail either Jason….maybe if she avoids jail time she can help you with your spelling.

  • Vog46

    The “schedule” of narcotics in NC:

    Schedule I: High potential for abuse, no accepted medical use in the U.S. Examples: Cocaine, heroin, LSD.
    Schedule II: High potential for abuse, accepted medical use with severe restrictions, likelihood of physical or psychological dependence. Examples: Oxycontin, Ritalin.
    Schedule III: Lower potential for abuse, accepted medical use, moderate or low likelihood of addiction. Examples: Anabolic steroids, codeine, Vicodin.
    Schedule IV: Low potential for abuse, accepted medical use, limited likehood of addiction. Examples: Valium, barbiturates.
    Schedule V: Same as Schedule IV but available over the country. Example: Cough syrup with codeine.
    Schedule VI: Low potential for abuse or addiction. Example: Marijuana.

    Read more here: http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/how_n_c_drug_schedules_work#storylink=cpy

    What she is taking(?) is much worse than weed.
    Of course she should have informed the principle and other staff of her problem which necessitated the Aderall.
    If she did good for her.
    If not – this women has no business in this or any other classroom.

  • i hope our teacher mrs. caso gets better from this exoirence and doesnt get sent to jail for a long time. this was a suprising moment in our class when we found this out, many of the students didnt belive it but yet agian i hope you get better mrs caso from this expirence and know that you have a class that cares about you-jay

  • Vog46

    There could be all sorts of conjecture.
    Erratic driving and so on……
    I’m sure they had probable cause or the pills could have been in plain sight.

    I am reminded of my departed in Laws who used to sit with sectioned boxes – separating their daily meds into days of the week so as to not forget to take their meds.
    They TOO could have been arrested for not keeping their Rx’s in labelled containers, especially when they traveled.
    She had aderall. I am not familiar with this med or its affects but I do know that some of the Meds my inlaws took would “knock your socks off”.
    I hope this is not the case here.


  • Guest00

    The news seems to have become really mean spirited lately.

  • Guest 10101

    for basing a large amount of this article upon the naïve opinions of a former student. That sure was darned informative!

    I am a little curious as to why your ace reporter didn’t seem to find it a little curious that an ALE Assistant Special Agent was making traffic stops. Does he also do hostage negotiation and SWAT team work?

  • Guest-o-matic

    With a sooper-dooper, high-falootin’ monster-cop job title like that, one would think he would be searching out drug cartel leaders, human trafficking generals or murder suspects or something “important” like his job title suggests.

    So he had a slow day…tracked this criminal looking english teacher down 421, all the while knowing he had a career criminal at this fingertips. Hey Assistant special Agent “Barn”, did you get a feather in your cap for bringing this arrest home to your real special agent? You keep making major busts like this and you’ll be getting that “special agent” title with your secret decoder book and green zing ring that emits cosmic alpha radiation! Then you won’t be an assistant anymore.

  • 100%Teacher

    I can’t believe the people that are actually defending this woman. As an educator who strives for total professionalism she is the problem with education these days. Parents and society often do not trust educators because of the few rotten apples that are reported in the media. It is teachers like this who get the headlines and spoil it for the rest of the profession. She may be an effective teacher but she drags other great, professional, and most importantly drug free teachers into the mud with her. Find a new way to make a living!!!

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