Well-liked teacher secretly helped husband smuggle deadly drugs into the United StatesBy Mason White 12:28 PM February 1, 2018
Parents were shocked to learn about the arrest of a well-liked teacher who is also a devoted mother and grandmother.
According to police in Florida, 48-year-old Nicole Benjoino helped her husband, 38-year-old Emerson Benjoino, smuggle and distribute dangerous drugs to the United States.
Benjoino, who is from Brazil, moved to Florida and married the teacher.
Attorney Donnie Murrell said that Nicole became “obsessed” with her “controlling” husband and that she did what he wanted just to please him.
The couple has been married for 14 years.
Police said that they found over 16 liters of the party drug GBL, known on the street as “liquid coma,” 24,000 generic Xanax pills, and fentanyl.
All of these drugs were imported from China, according to authorities.
Police also confiscated guns and $407,000 in cash from the home.
The Palm Beach County school special education teacher pleaded guilty to one federal charge of possessing illegal drugs with intent to distribute.
She was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison. She agreed to forfeit the $407,000 in cash as well as her $130,000 interest in her house, which will be sold.
Her husband, Emerson, went back to Brazil after he was released on bail. He is now a fugitive.