Teen Dead After Georgia Teacher Emily Smith Allegedly Arranged Drug Deal

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A 37-year-old teacher in Winder, Ga., is accused of arranging a drug deal for an 18-year-old who died the following day.

Emily Smith taught sixth grade math at Winder Barrow Middle School in Barrow County. According to Barrow County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Faye Spaulding, authorities found cellphone calls and text messages showing Smith played a role in facilitating the sale of Methadone, a synthetic opiate, and Xanax, a benzodiazepine and schedule IV controlled substance.

The 18-year-old, who is described as a friend to the teacher, died the day after buying the drugs on Feb. 14.

"The toxicology report determined there were high levels of a controlled substance in her system. The cause of death has not yet been determined," said Spaulding.

"Miss Smith conspired with the victim by cellphone in reference to obtaining a controlled substance prior to her death."

Parents at Winder Barrow Middle School were surprised to learn of the arrest. "I'm truly shocked. I didn't know that," parent Kim Arrow told WSBTV.

According to a representive of the Barrow County Schools, the director of human resources has launched an investigation into Smith’s arrest. Smith has since been fired from her teaching position after 14 years with the school.

School superintendent Wanda Creel released a statement that Smith was charged with distribution/solicitation with an electronic device, reckless conduct, and criminal intent to distribute methadone.

Smith posted an $8,000 bond and was released from jail. Investigators say it is an open case and more arrests could be made.

Source:  Daily Mail