Police in Texas have reported that one of the suspects taken into custody on drug charges during the early morning hours of April 24 is a former Moore County high school principal. The 51-year-old man has been charged with possessing more than four ounces but less than 5 pounds of marijuana. A 44-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were also taken into custody on drug manufacturing, possession and delivery charges. Reports indicate that all of the individuals taken into custody were booked and processed at the Potter County Detention Center.
According to an Amarillo Police Department report, officers were dispatched to a hotel on Western Plaza Drive at about 2:30 a.m. after guests complained about noise and unruly behavior. When officers entered the room in question, they claim to have observed three individuals surrounded by drug paraphernalia and what appeared to be sizable quantities of marijuana and methamphetamine. Reports suggest that the drugs and drug paraphernalia were in plain sight.
The Sunray Independent School District responded to news of the incident by announcing that the man has been suspended and will no longer have any contact with students. He had submitted his resignation in December and was scheduled to step down at the end of June according to the statement.
This case reveals how being handed even minor drug charges can have serious consequences for those who work with children. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may bring mitigating factors like this up during plea negotiations, and they could urge prosecutors to show leniency when the actions of their clients posed little or no threat to others.
Source: My High Plains, "Former Sunray High School Principal Among Three Arrested on Drug Charges in Amarillo", Judd Baker, April 24, 2018