On Dec. 8, a substitute teacher was taken into custody and held on a $90,500 bond after she allegedly sold marijuana to two middle school students in Florida. Hendry County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly set up the sting operation that led to criminal allegations against the teacher after the students admitted to smoking the drug. Authorities say that the 35-year-old woman is now facing a number of drug-related charges in connection with the case.
According to news sources, the charges include two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school; two counts of possession of a synthetic drug with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school; two counts of possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school; two counts of neglect of a child; two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; and two counts of interference. The teacher was detained at the Hendry County Jail.
The students initially complained of feeling sick before admitting to smoking marijuana allegedly sold to them by the substitute teacher on the school campus. The Hendry County Sheriff credited a deputy and members of the narcotics department with the success of the sting operation.
In Florida, possession of marijuana alone is considered a serious matter, and mandatory minimum penalties could apply upon conviction. Individuals who find themselves facing multiple drug charges may find it beneficial to seek help from a lawyer who understands the complexities of both federal and state drug laws. Upon evaluation of a client’s unique case, the lawyer may be able to negotiate reduced charges or successfully argue for a dismissal. The lawyer could also defend the case in court when it appears to be in the best interests of the client to do so.
Source: FOX News, “Florida teacher sold marijuana to middle schoolers, authorities say,” Benjamin Brown, 12/09/2017