The superintendent of a Texas public school system was recently arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. The incident took place near Waco on March 7.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the defendant, who is the superintendent of the Waco Independent School District, was pulled over by a state trooper on U.S. 190 in Robertson County at around 10 p.m. The reason given for the stop was driving in the passing lane without passing. When the trooper approached his vehicle, he claimed that he could smell the odor of marijuana, which he said provided him probable cause to perform a search. During the search, the trooper allegedly found less than 2 ounces of marijuana in the defendant’s possession.

The defendant was taken into custody and transported to the Robertson County Jail in Franklin for processing. He apparently stayed in jail overnight and was released the following morning. According to media reports, he became the superintendent of the Waco Independent School District in April 2017. He was previously the superintendent of the Laredo Independent School District. The Waco school trustees have scheduled a meeting for March 19 to discuss the defendant’s arrest.

A drug charge can have serious consequences in Texas, including incarceration and heavy fines. In some situations, it can even cause a defendant to lose his or her job. However, a criminal defense attorney may represent a defendant’s interests throughout all court proceedings and do everything possible to protect his or her future. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the case, it may be possible to get the charges dismissed. It may also be possible to negotiate a plea deal that significantly reduces the charges and penalties.

Source: CBS DFW, “Superintendent Of Texas School District Accused Of Marijuana Possession,” March 8, 2019