A suburban elementary school principal has been arrested on drug kingpin charges, stunning parents and colleagues who regarded her as a caring, dedicated educator.
"I'm so burning mad I can't stand it," said Lynda Thebaud, the mother of a third-grader. "I can't stand it that she dragged the kids into all this. Principal is the last position a drug dealer should be in."Patricia Emory, 45, who has worked for two decades in the Anne Arundel County school system, was arrested with her husband, James, in their home Thursday and charged with possession and intent to distribute marijuana under Maryland's drug king-pin statute.
The law requires a minimum sentence of 20 years for anyone convicted of conspiring to distribute large amounts of illegal drugs.
Authorities say Emory's 47-year-old husband was a major player in the ring that dealt drugs in the Baltimore-Washington area and had ties to Mexico.