Kern County teacher pleads not guilty to drug charges

February 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A Kern County teacher accused of trying to make methamphetamine in his school lab has pleaded not guilty to drug charges. Thirty-two-year-old Jeff Scheidemantel was in Superior Court yesterday. He's been on leave from his job at Shafter High School in Bakersfield.

Authorities say they began investigating Scheidemantel after he went online to buy red phosphorus, a key ingredient in making meth.

Investigators say they found guns, meth recipes and chemicals when they searched the school and the teacher's home last fall.

He's charged with manufacturing meth and possession with the intent to manufacture.