A college professor has been arrested for distributing methamphetamine out of her home.
Irina Kristy, a 74-year-old calculus instructor who taught at two Boston universities, has been charged with running a meth lab out of her Somerville, Mass., home, reports the Boston Globe.
She and her 29-year-old son, Grigory Genkin, will face charges of “distribution of meth, conspiracy to violate the drug law, and drug violation in a school zone” on Dec. 21.
Genkin has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $1,000 bond.
Authorities had been watching the mother and son since 2010 before raiding the home on Nov. 7.
Local, state and federal officers searched Kristy’s home and found “a large amount of materials believed to be hazardous,” according to a statement issued by the Somerville police last month.
Police found empty boxes of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth-making, as well solvents and chemicals.
“Due to the amount of materials and contraband located and seized ... it is believed that ... Kristy was complicit in the methamphetamine operation,” Somerville Detective Michael Brown reported, according to ABC News.
Items believed to be dangerous were detonated by the State Police bomb squad.
For nearly three decades, Kristy taught math at Boston University and held an adjunct position at Suffolk University, spokespersons for the universities told the Globe.
A student who took her calculus classes at Boston University often complained about her “thick accent” but pronounced her an “easy grader,” according to comments left on RateMyProfessor.com.
Kristy remains a full-time instructor at Boston University but has been placed on administrative leave from Suffolk University.
Kristy and her husband had reportedly emigrated to the U.S. from Moscow in 1985.