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Former high school principal charged with drug possession

On April 24, police arrested three Texas residents on drug possession charges. One of the defendants is a former high school principal.

According to media reports, officers from the Amarillo Police Department responded to a trespassing call at 18 Western Plaza Drive around 2:30 a.m. Once there, officers observed three individuals making a disturbance in and around a hotel room. They entered the room and allegedly saw a substance thought to be methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia sitting in plain sight. The three individuals were placed under arrest.

Two of the defendants, a 44-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, were charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance weighing 400 grams or more and possession of marijuana weighing more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds. The third defendant, a 51-year-old man, was charged with possession of a controlled substance weighing over 1 gram but less than 5 pounds. All three defendants were processed at the Potter County Detention Center. The 51-year-old is the former principal of Sunray High School. He was supposed to resign from the position on June 30, but he was suspended without pay on March 27.

Drug charges can result in lengthy prison terms and heavy fines for those who are convicted. In some cases, they can also lead to employment difficulties. However, a criminal defense attorney could review the case and work to develop a strong defense against the allegations. A lawyer could also protect a defendant's rights both before and during a trial. In some cases, an attorney may recommend negotiating a plea deal that allows a defendant to plead guilty to reduced charges, which could lead to a reduction of penalties.

Source: My High Plains, "Former Sunray High School Principal Among Three Arrested on Drug Charges in Amarillo", Judd Baker, April 24, 2018

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