After Attempt to Smuggle Heroin, School Principal Arrested on Federal Drug Charges

NY State School Principal Arrested on Federal Drug Charges: Attempted To Smuggle Heroin into a Prison

smuggle heroinFederal drug charges against a principal?  A woman and partner were arrested on Friday, July 18th, were arrested on federal drug charges for attempting to smuggle heroin and prescription drugs to an inmate at a prison.

Sadie Silver, 40, and Michael Acosta, 34, were arrested on Friday after attempting to smuggle heroin and Suboxone into the Coxsackie Correctional Facility. Not only do they face federal drug charges, but the pair brought a 10-year-old with them, so they were also charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.

Felony drug charges include promoting prison contraband and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

“Silver and Acosta were found to possess a quantity of heroin and suboxone, which they were attempting to deliver to the inmate,” State Police Major Patrick Regan said in a statement. “Silver and Acosta brought a 10-year-old child with them while they attempted to deliver the narcotics.”

Silver was removed from her position as principal of Public School 28, and put in a temporary administrative position. She will continue to receive her salary of $129,920 pending the outcome of her heroin trafficking case.

Both Silver and Acosta were released from jail on bail.

Drug Trafficking Charges in South Carolina: Cocaine, Marijuana, Heroin

Federal drug charges and state drug charges in South Carolina carry some of the stiffest penalties in the nation. When faced with a drug charge, you need a lawyer who knows how the system works and will fight to protect your rights. Drug cases in particular need to be examined from every angle, in many cases are subject to mandatory minimum sentences, and aggressive representation can protect your future.

Defendants facing drug penalties in South Carolina can be punished with a monetary fine and mandatory minimum sentences of up to life in prison with no chance of parole, depending on:

  • the amount of drugs involved
  • whether the case is brought in state or federal district court, and
  • how many prior drug offenses a defendant has.

Trafficking charges are based upon the weight of the drug you are in possession of:

  • Ten grams of cocaine
  • Four grams of heroin
  • Ten pounds of marijuana

Additional drug penalties include:

  • Asset forfeiture
  • Impounding of your car
  • Seizure of your home or property if drugs were found on the premises
  • Seizure of cash
  • Loss of business or professional licenses
  • Restrictions on owning guns or firearms

Penalties for drug trafficking can include a minimum sentencing of 25 years. Trafficking and distribution offenses are considered violent, no-parole offenses and a conviction can certainly have you serving the full time you are sentenced to.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Drug Charges, Including Heroin Trafficking and Gun Charges

The marijuana, heroin, drug, an gun charges attorneys at Strom Law Firm, LLC will aggressively defend your case, whether you are under investigation or have been arrested for marijuana or gun charges in all State and Federal Courts in South Carolina as well as the Federal Courts in Georgia. Drug charges need to be examined from every angle, and in many cases are subject to mandatory minimum sentences. If you have been charged with possession, trafficking, or manufacturing drugsthe attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today by calling (803)252-4800.

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