A 10th-grade science teacher at Ashford High School has been arrested by the Houston County Sheriff’s Department on drug charges.
32-year-old Jason Allen Andrews was arrested on May 29 after being stopped by officers. Upon searching his home, deputies found methamphetamine, prescription medication, precursor chemicals, and moonshine. Andrews was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, one count of unlawful possession of precursor chemicals, and one count of possession of moonshine. Andrews’ traffic stop was part of an investigation being conducted by the Houston County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
According to Houston County School Superintendent Tim Pitchford, there is no evidence that Andrews was dealing drugs or alcohol at Ashford High. He claims that Andrews passed a recent random drug test he was given as part of his coaching duties. Police agree with Pitchford, stating that they do not believe Andrews sold drugs at school.
For individuals facing drug charges, the future can look bleak. Prosecutors and law enforcement officials will be aggressive, and the penalties for a drug crime conviction are harsh. If convicted of a drug crime, a person faces catastrophic economic damage and years behind bars, among other things. But it is important to know that being arrested for a drug crime does not mean conviction is imminent. An experienced criminal defense attorney can fight to have your charges reduced, get a plea bargain, or have your charges dropped altogether. With your freedom at stake, it is vital to seek the counsel of an aggressive lawyer who can support you and fight for your rights.
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