Teacher, Spouse Get Probation In Marijuana Case


420 Staff
A high school teacher and her husband have pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and were sentenced to one year of probation.

Judge Steven Selph withheld adjudication for Miriam and Ransford Boateng.

Miriam Boateng, 43, has been suspended without pay since shortly after the arrest. She was teaching high school seniors at Sabal Palm School within the Polk County Juvenile Correctional Facility in Polk City.

Sabal Palm is a public school for troubled teens.

Her husband, 52, has a doctorate in electrical engineering from Yale University.

The Lakeland couple were arrested Nov. 7 by Polk County sheriff's deputies and charged with one felony count of cultivation of cannabis, one felony count of maintaining a dwelling for drug use, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The State Attorney's Office dropped the felony charges.

Deputies found 18 cannabis plants and a hydroponic watering system, along with loose marijuana, in their home, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Source: Ledger, The (Lakeland, FL)
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