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Former Teacher Charged In Murder-for-Hire Plot

Undercover operation foils alleged murder-for-hire plot

A former Charlotte teacher has been charged in a murder-for-hire plot.Police say Anthony John Benardello tried to hire a hit man to kill two people who owed him drug money.After getting a tip, an undercover officer met the 42 year old man at a restaurant Sunday.Investigators say Benardello offered the officer drugs in exchange for the murders.That's when they arrested him.Police say the former teacher sold Oxycontin, a powerful prescription painkiller. Benardello reportedly worked as a Social Studies teacher at Concord High School for a few months in 2000.