Drugs

Ex-principal's heroin arrest stuns parents, leaves small Missouri community seeking answers

In this booking photo provided by Marion County Sheriff's Office via Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force is 33-year-old Joshua Foust. The Missouri man who resigned from his job as an elementary school principal this month was arrested Wednesday, Feb 17, 2015, on charges alleging that he had been dealing heroin. Authorities said there is no evidence that Foust dealt drugs to students or staff while he was principal of A.D. Stowell Elementary School in Hannibal. (AP Photo/Marion County Sheriff's Office via Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force)

In this booking photo provided by Marion County Sheriff's Office via Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force is 33-year-old Joshua Foust. The Missouri man who resigned from his job as an elementary school principal this month was arrested Wednesday, Feb 17, 2015, on charges alleging that he had been dealing heroin. Authorities said there is no evidence that Foust dealt drugs to students or staff while he was principal of A.D. Stowell Elementary School in Hannibal. (AP Photo/Marion County Sheriff's Office via Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force)  (The Associated Press)

Joshua Foust was a hometown success story: a Hannibal High School graduate who returned to the small Missouri city as an elementary school principal, with a promising career ahead of him.

But authorities allege he cashed it in to deal a few thousand dollars-worth of heroin with his brother and another man.

The 33-year-old married father appeared for his first court appearance Friday, politely answering the judge's questions. He's charged with drug possession with intent to deliver.

People throughout Hannibal, Mark Twain's hometown, are trying to understand the case.

Parent Brent Riley says Foust "always seemed to have the kids' best interest at heart," but says he has no compassion for drug dealers.

Investigators say there's no indication Foust dealt drugs on school grounds or to students or staff.