Georgia school administrator sentenced to 2 years in prison for role in drug ring

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A Georgia assistant principal has been sentenced to federal prison for her involvement in a drug ring in another state.

Melodie Cheatham was sentenced to two years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully possess oxycodone with intent to unlawfully distribute and distribute the drug.

She was a vice principal at Brock Elementary School in the Savannah-Chatham Public School System. His role in the drug ring, however, stems from his time in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Cheatham was one of 11 defendants who worked to illegally obtain the prescription drug through an Alabama doctor, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Mid-District of Alabama.

Drug prescriptions were often facilitated by a third party, with the defendants never going to the doctor’s office.

The defendants would then fill the prescriptions at pharmacies located in the Montgomery area and give the oxycodone tablets to the program organizers.

“It is disturbing how many people are willing to jeopardize the well-being of the community just to earn a few extra dollars,” Acting United States Attorney Sandra Stewart wrote in the press release. . “The drugs distributed as part of this plot were powerful opioids, capable of destroying lives and families.”

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System said in a statement to WSB-TV that there were no indications that Cheatham engaged in illegal drug-related activities while in school.

“This individual is no longer employed by the school district,” the statement said.

During the period that Melodie Cheatham was employed by the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, she did not commit any employee offenses and there is no information to support any of the actions she is charged with. took place in our school.”


“District employees are held to high standards and we expect further action by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission,” the statement continued. “We are deeply disappointed with this behavior and do not condone any action that endangers students or staff in our district.”

Martha K. Merrill