Sarah Furay, "Adorable Drug Kingpin" - What Went Wrong?

Sarah Furay Family
Sarah Furay (back row) with family.

The shocking news spread like wildfire across the internet, and the more that is learned, the more questions are raised.  Certainly, many parents are asking, "How could two apparently excellent role models have produced a drug dealing daughter like Sarah Furay?"

Surely, Sarah (the Adorable Drug Kingpin)'s parents are asking themselves that same question - many times over. Furay’s (remarried) mother, Mrs. Shawn Creswell, is principal of Coulson Tough Elementary School in the Woodlands, Texas.  A school that "provides exceptional academic and character education for all students" and touts instilling values.  Mrs. Creswell has been a school educator for 20 years. Sarah's father is William "Bill" Furay, a supervisory special agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, who was previously Resident Agent in Charge of the DEA office in Galveston, Texas, and who has a reputation as a hardened no-nonsense law enforcer who sees drug dealers as the scourge of society.  Not the type of people one would expect to have raised a daughter who deals drugs.

Interestingly enough, Sarah Furay herself is a dean’s list student at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Not exactly an indicator that something is amiss in this young woman's life.

Adorable Drug Kingpin Sarah Furay
"Adorable Drug Kingpin" Sarah Furay's Famous Mug Shot

Nontheless, Sarah Elizabeth Furay, 19, was arrested on Friday morning, November 6th, for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and drug possession after College Station, Texas police executed a search warrant at her apartment and turned up large quantities of cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and methamphetamine.  Furay was booked into the Brazos County Detention Center, where she spent the night, and was released the next day on bond.  Here "adorable" mugshot caught the attention of Death and Taxes Magazine, who ran a story November 10th pointing out her unusual booking photo in which she is smiling.  On November 23rd, they further revealed that the cutie's father is a DEA agent who has been with the Bureau since 2008.

The controversy continues, with proponents and opposers arguing over the many facets of this case, including whether she will receive a lighter sentence because of her race and looks (When White Girls Deal Drugs They Walk), or if now that she has become famous, will she be made an example of? Water cooler talk amuses as to the similarities of the situation to the 2000 movie, "Traffic", where one of the stories is about the DEA chief whose daughter turns out to be a drug addict, and curiosity over whether Bill Furay still supports the war on drugs, despite the fact that he is about to watch his "adorable drug kingpin" daughter get locked up for decades (The Stoners Cookbook).  Whatever the case, this rebellious teen has certainly gotten daddy's attention.


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