A few years back, a 19-year-old girl went viral when it was discovered she was a student by day and queen pin by night. But her story even gains international attention after her mugshots.

Sarah Furay was arrested after police found 31.5 grams of cocaine, 126 grams of marijuana, 29 ecstasy tablets, 60 doses of a drug similar to LSD, and methamphetamine in her apartment.

She then took a smiling mug shot and was dubbed the “World’s Most Adorable Drug Kingpin.” When it was discovered that she was the daughter of a DEA agent, the story looked even more like a farce.

But after spending just one day in jail and posting what appears to be a minimum bond amount ($39,000), many are questioning whether she’s receiving preferential treatment and may walk on the drug charges altogether.

Along with the drugs, police found “packaging material, two digital scales, and a handwritten drug price list in her bedroom,” according to reports. There was also evidence of drug deals on Furay’s cell phone.

To be fair, Furay is out on bail, which does not mean that she’s off the hook for her crimes. She’s been charged with three felonies and faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted — up to 215 years under Texas’s draconian drug laws.

If she’s found guilty on all charges, she’ll most likely join a prison population that’s filled with blacks serving similar sentences for much smaller offenses

Perhaps that’s where her father, head of the DEA office in Beaumont, Texas Bill Furay, might come into play. The elder Furay is known for his tough stance on drug dealers, but he might make an exception for his family.

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From Opposing Views:

Bill oversaw DEA operations to crack down on drug trafficking organizations in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reported in 2010 Bill celebrated the success of an DEA operation, coded-named Agent Orange, which arrested 60 people reportedly associated with Mexico’s Sinaloa narcotics cartel.

In 2009, Bill boasted of the results of a two-year undercover joint investigation that dismantled a major drug trafficking organization in the Lake Jackson-Freeport area, according to ABC.

Bill is currently serving as the DEA’s diplomatic representative at the U.S. ambassador’s office in Panama City, Panama

Penalties for trafficking Schedule 1 and 2 drugs such as cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, and marijuana can carry decades of prison time, according to the DEA’s website.

Whether by virtue of her race, her unconcerned mugshot, or her law enforcement family ties, it appears as though she’s been given deferential treatment by both the media and the criminal justice system. The Daily Beast also noted, “prosecutors pursue mandatory minimum charges against blacks at a rate of 2:1 when compared to whites with similar crimes.” Whether they will in Furay’s case remains to be seen.

Sources: OpposingViews, Death and TaxesHouston ChronicleABC,  Daily Mail

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