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Smart student admits to ‘stupid mistake’
A former Caroline High School A-student will spend four months in jail on drug charges.
Charles Douglas Smart, Jr., 18, plead guilty to two counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
He must also perform 150 hours of community service and have a substance abuse evaluation, according to a plea agreement in Caroline General District Court.
Smart, who was an A-student last school year with no criminal history, was sentenced to two years in prison with all but four months suspended.
Judge Frank Benser is allowing Smart, who is currently attending classes at Germanna Community College, to serve his sentence from 6 p.m Friday to 6 p.m. Wednesday so he can attend classes on Thursday and Friday mornings.
“I’m giving you a big break by allowing you to serve this time at your own convenience,” Benser told Smart today.
According to Sheriff Tony Lippa, nine drug dogs were brought in on May 4 to sweep the high school, something they randomly do for training purposes with the Department of Corrections.
While the dogs were searching, School Resource Officer Richie Anderson noticed a male student acting suspicious. Then the student started choking after he had attempted to swallow a small baggie of marijuana, Lippa said. Anderson found another baggie of marijuana on Smart after making an arrest, Lippa said.
In an earlier interview with The Free Lance-Star, Smart said he made a stupid mistake and has learned his lesson.