Guilty plea in ex-school official’s prescription drug case
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A former school official in Louisiana pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal charges involving mail-order prescription drugs.
Former Bossier Parish School Superintendent Scott Smith entered the pleas to four charges in federal court in Shreveport, KTBS-TV reported.
He faced four misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a controlled substance. The drugs involved were sleep and anxiety medications that are commonly known by brand names Valium, Ambien, Soma and Lyrica.
The 61-year-old Smith was sentenced to a year of probation with a $100,000 fine.
Smith retired as superintendent in February after federal authorities intercepted a shipment of prescription-only drugs intended for him. He was questioned and released with no charges immediately filed, then checked himself into a rehabilitation facility.
Smith’s attorney, Paul Carmouche, said his client has accepted responsibility “from the word go” and has cooperated with authorities.
The mail-order anti-anxiety drugs were to help Smith sleep and deal with anxiety from the stresses of his job, Carmouche said. He said the drugs were for personal consumption only.
“None of this was going to anybody but him - it was for his own anxieties,” Carmouche said. “He saw buying it on-line as a way to get prescription drugs without going through a doctor. He saw an ad about how to buy stuff on-line. The ads make you believe it’s all legal.”
Information from: KTBS-TV, http://ktbs.com