Former Bossier schools superintendent pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Former Bossier Superintendent pleads guilty

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A former Bossier public schools superintendent pleaded guilty to federal drug charges Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Shreveport.

Wendell Scott Smith, 61, of Bossier City, was charged with:

  • possession of diazepam, also known as Valium, a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance,
  • possession of zolpidem, also known as Ambien, a Schedule IV CDS,
  • possession of carisoprodol, also known as Soma, a Schedule IV CDS, and,
  • possession of Lyrica, a Schedule V CDS

On Jan. 31, agents intercepted a DHL package containing diazepam addressed to a Bossier City residence.

“After the diazepam tested positive, the agents conducted a controlled delivery of the package, which originated in India and contained a forged prescription,” the U.S. attorney’s office reports.

The agents confronted Smith after he picked up the package and placed it in his vehicle.

While being interviewed later that evening, Smith admitted to buying more than $10,000 worth of controlled substances online without a valid prescription over six years.

Agents also seized diazepam and propranolol that Smith removed from his pocket.

Smith agreed to let agents search his residence and showed them where he kept the drugs he had purchased online.

Seized from his master bedroom area were 914 tablets and capsules, including:

  • 174 gabapentin sustained-release tablets
  • 109 propanolol hydrochloride tablets
  • 99 promethazine hydrochloride tablets
  • 93 nebivolol hydrochloride tablets
  • 68 quetiapine tablets
  • 63 ondansetron tablets
  • 54 carisoprodol (Soma) tablets
  • 53 tadalafil tablets
  • 52 zolpidem aurobindo tablets
  • 50 diazepam (Valium) tablets
  • 47 pregabalin (Lyrica) capsules
  • 43 zolpidem (Ambien) tablets
  • 9 Sanval tablets

After entering his plea Thursday, Smith was sentenced to one year of probation.

“Did he get a special deal? Well, let me tell you, he didn’t,” said Smith’s attorney, former Caddo District Attorney Paul Carmouche told KSLA News 12.

Smith also was fined $100,000, which must be paid within seven days of his court date, and must pay $100 to the crime victims fund.

He also will continue to see his doctor regarding his drug use.

Smith is “... just happy that he was able to get a chance to at least be on probation and was not put in a jail cell somewhere,” Carmouche said.

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