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Hercules Middle High School Teacher Busted With More Than a Pound of Pot and $4,200 in Cash

A school resource officer found the marijuana and rolls of cash in Allen Goodman's car parked in the middle school lot.

From Hercules Police Department: 

On Oct. 24, 2012, at approximately 8:45 a.m., the Hercules Middle High School main office advised the Hercules Police School Resource Officer (SRO) that an employee reported anunattended vehicle, with the engine running, in the Middle School staff parking lot.

The vehicle was described as a grey Honda with no plates. When the SRO arrived she found the described vehicle. The vehicle was unlocked, unattended, with the engine running, and had only paper dealer plates on the vehicle. The SRO requested dispatch run the Vehicle Identification Number(VIN) in an attempt to identify the registered owner.

While waiting for the VIN to come back the SRO checked the glove compartment, looking for anything that would identify the owner of the vehicle.

The SRO found a sandwich baggie containing, a green leafy material; and a second zip lock baggie containing four rolls of cash. A further search of the vehicle revealed a large plastic bag, in the trunk, containing a substantial amount of a green leafy material.

The VIN, and other identifying information found in the car came back to 66-year-old Allen Goodman, of Walnut Creek. Goodman is a teacher at the Hercules Middle School. One of the Administrative Staff requested Goodman come to the main office, where he was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale; possession of more than an ounce of marijuana; and an adult possessing marijuana on school grounds, while the school was in session. Goodman was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.

The SRO conducted a presumptive test on the green leafy material and it tested positive for marijuana, and it weighed over one pound. The cash found in the glove compartment totaled$4,200.

This afternoon a search warrant was executed at Goodman’s home, in Walnut Creek. Officers found additional evidence of sales, cultivation of Marijuana, and a large amount of cash. The investigation is continuing.

Toni Leance October 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
If we paid teachers more they wouldn't have to look for creative revenue ventures
Julian W October 25, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Just plain stupid...
Steve Spilman October 25, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Another black eye for Hercules.
Alex Gronke (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Fantastic find Blake! Note the caption on the first photo: "Business Savvy"
Alex Gronke (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Here's the link Blake found: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2006/07/26/43extern.h25.html
Brian October 25, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Okay the real question is why was his car running with no plates and a stash of drugs in the glove compartment. That sounds a bit strange and it sounds like he was teaching at the time did he just forget he left his car running out front?
RJ October 25, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Not to worry, the teachers union will get him out of this mess and he'll be back in business at another school in no time at all. Shameful.....
Brian October 25, 2012 at 06:33 PM
ohh your a fortune teller too. Let me know if the giants will sweep the series.
Teresa October 25, 2012 at 06:38 PM
He is probably on admin. leave getting paid!! Mr. Ramsey care to comment, didn't think so...
Patricia Miles October 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I recall meeting him at Open House last spring. He seems to have been a dedicated teacher. Remember that he has not yet been tried or convicted of anything. Let's wait to hear the full story.
alana October 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Weed makes you very forgetful. He forgot to turn off his car because he was high!
PP October 25, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Most of the time over weigh people can't perform. Sorry to say that it is true. PE teacher common.. give a break
Lyn October 25, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Rumor has it that the NO weapons policy is NOT being enforced this year?!?!
Lyn October 25, 2012 at 08:59 PM
That's probably why he's teaching here instead of Walnut Creek, where he lives...
Lyn October 25, 2012 at 09:01 PM
My kids currently attend HMHS and they tell me he is VERY weird?
Susan D.Keeffe October 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM
This is very weird and more than a little stupid if the guy left all that stuff in an unlocked car, parked in a secured lot, with the motor running. Is he nuts or was someone supposed to come and pick up the car? In any case, I'm glad our Hercules PD were on it and this guy should never be anywhere near our students again.
Susan D.Keeffe October 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM
In regards to the "dedicated teacher" remark. He could well be. He could also be fully credentialed with lots of experience. But there is nothing in any of the above that prohibits him from being a crook at the same time - that is - until he gets caught. If convicted, his license to teach will be revoked and he will not be able to teach in California.
Susan D.Keeffe October 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM
@ Lyn The best thing to do with a rumor is not spread it further. No, its not true. WCCUSD cannot violate state law re weapons and controlled substances.
Unknown October 26, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Everyone shut it . I attend this High School and yall' don't even know half of what your saying . First of all , the car was running possibly because of the reason that it's a newer car & in order to turn it off you have hold the button down , and he most likely thought it was off . Second of all , you don't know why he had marijuana . He could have been planning to sell it to a club after school , which is legal , but what IS ILLEGAL is bringing out on campus or school grounds .
Jan Carson October 26, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Love the way you generalize from ONE to all teachers !! Now THAT is CREEPY AND RATHER DEPRESSING TO ALL OF US HARDWORKING, CARING TEACHERS. I WAS TAUGHT IN UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL NOT TO EXTRAPOLATE FROM AN INDIVIDUAL SITUATION TO AN ENTIRE PROFESSION. MAYBE I'M MISSING SOMETHING BUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF MY COLLEAGUES SET THE HIGHEST EXAMPLES FOR OUR STUDENTS AND I FIND THESE COMMENTS WAY OFF TARGET.
Connie Jorgensen October 26, 2012 at 05:01 AM
A few years ago I taught in the classroom next door to Allan Goodman, and I know that he is a decent, kind man who works hard and cares about his students. As we know, marijuana for medical use is permitted in the state of California. Perhaps Mr. Goodman is ill, and has a prescription for it. Mr. Goodman has rights as a citizen of the USA -- the right to due process, and the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Circumstantial evidence has been the source of tragedy in countless books, plays, and movies (has anyone ever seen Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man", for instance? Think about it!) Granted, this doesn't look good, but until all the facts are in we should give him the benefit of the doubt.
L October 26, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Please explain why full credentials would matter in this instance?
Joseph Catindig October 26, 2012 at 03:25 PM
The baggie of marijuana found in his car is debatable but the second zip lock baggie containing four rolls of cash, hmmmm....is questionable!
Patricia Miles October 26, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I agree with your point. I do not know Mr. Goodman, but I do know that he is entitled to be heard in a court of law where the facts can be determined. I am not a fan of marijuana or smoking in general, but it is ridiculous to see the glee with which members of our community rush to indict him and hang him in the court of public opinion. For instance, I didn't see any mention in the news reports that he had been selling to students (which would be horrible). Yet, this accusation permeates the comments. I do feel very sad to lose a good teacher. After looking at some of the links that others suggested, it seems that he was definitely into bringing an understanding of technology to students -- which is important. As it turns out, this unfortunate turn of events -- especially if he is ultimately convicted -- will also present his students with a life lesson -- which I hope they heed.
Susan D.Keeffe October 26, 2012 at 05:35 PM
@Keshawn, On behalf of those individuals with developmental disabilities I would ask you not use the word "retarded" as it is offensive and demeaning to many. Thanks for your consideration,
janet October 30, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I 2nd that
janet October 30, 2012 at 11:33 PM
He is a very dedicated teacher, and everyone loved him
Labelle December 04, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Glad it was Hercules, worst school in Contra Costa. They put on a nice cover, Everyone should be investigated!!!! A group of pretending adminstrators and counselors. I can't imageine how that slipped by them.
Anonymous March 05, 2014 at 09:36 PM
I have attended HMHS for some time now and I had Mr. Goodman. He was a very......um....PERVY teacher. no lie he has touched up on girls in his classroom. One girl being me.....he is not fit to be teaching if he is like that.
Lyn March 07, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Yes, some of my daughters friends who had him as a teacher also stated that he would step into their "private circle" which made the girls feel uncomfortable. They never complained because they didn't want their grade to drop. As for selling to the students, doubt any of his student "clients" will come forward...

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