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Elementary School Principal Arrested On Drug Charges

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Cicely C. Mitchell

Elementary school principal Jennifer St. Amand-Smith is facing drug charges. According to reports, Pearland police said St. Amand-Smith, the principal of the Houston Independent School District’s Durham Elementary, called police to her home about midnight on February 19th because she thought her husband might try to hurt himself.

After her husband was taken to a hospital, police began collecting firearms from the home in case he became suicidal when he returned. Additional reports indicate that it was when authorities were securing those firearms that they discovered drug paraphernalia. Court documents indicate that officers found marijuana, a bong, six glass pipes with residue that tested positive for methamphetamines, syringes and three Ecstasy pills and other evidence of drug use on the part of the principal.

St. Amand-Smith told investigators that none of the paraphernalia belonged to her and that it was her husband’s. Officers said that the items were in plain views and as a result, St. Amand-Smith and her husband were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics.

St. Amand-Smith was placed on paid administrative leave after her arrest. Administrators reportedly asked the principal about the arrest and she told them that police found a bag containing a marijuana joint and three Ecstasy pills and the items belonged to her brother-in-law tucked in a closet.

Provided Photo/ Jennifer St.Amand Smith

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