2017-09-06 / Front Page

Ex-Va. teacher sentenced here after meth conviction

Five days short of a year after being arrested during a Labor Day traffic stop, a former Virginia school teacher was sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court last week to eight years in prison on a plethora of drug and traffic offenses.

Andora L. Smith, 54, of Pound, Va., was arrested September 4, 2016, near Jenkins in a police road check. When police searched her vehicle, they found pills strewn over the back seat where her school-aged child had recently been riding, and found a package of methamphetamine.

Smith was convicted August 7, and sentenced August 30.

Charges for which Smith was found guilty were: firstdegree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, (methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, second degree possession of a controlled substance, no operator’s license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure to have license in possession, first-degree controlled substance not in original container, one headlight, failure to produce insurance card, no or expired registration plates, and no or expired registration receipt.

Smith was ordered to pay $165 in court costs, a fine of $905, and serve eight years in prison for the meth charge and tampering with physical evidence.

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