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A Georgia assistant principal has been sentenced to federal prison for her involvement in a drug ring in another state.
Melodie Cheatham was sentenced to two years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised released after she pleaded guilty to conspiring to unlawfully possess oxycodone with intent to spread and for illegally distributing the drug.
She was an assistant principal at Brock Elementary School in the Savannah-Chatham Public School System. Her role in the drug ring, however, stems from her time in Montgomery, Alabama.
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Cheatham was one of 11 defendants to have worked to illegally acquire the prescription drug by an Alabama physician, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Alabama.
The drug prescriptions were often facilitated by a third party, with the defendants never truly going to the physician’s office.
The defendants would then fill the prescriptions at pharmacies located in the Montgomery area and give the oxycodone tablets to the scheme’s organizers.
“It is disturbing how so many are willing to threaten the well-being of the community simply to make a few additional dollars,” Acting United States Attorney Sandra Stewart wrote in the news release. “The drugs distributed by the work of this conspiracy were powerful opioids, capable of destroying lives and families.”
The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System said in a statement to WSB-TV that there is no indication Cheatham engaged in any unlawful drug-related activities while in a school setting.
“This individual is no longer employed with the school district,” the statement read.
During the time that Melodie Cheatham was employed with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, she had no employee infractions and there is no information to sustain that any of the actions with which she is charged took place in our school setting.”
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“District employees are held to high standards and we expect further actions may be taken by the Georgia specialized Standards Commission,” the statement continued. “We are deeply disappointed in this behavior and do not condone any actions that place the students or staff of our district at risk.”
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