By Guillermo Duralde,
Domestic News Assistant Editor
For the better part of the last thirty or so years, the United States has been engaged in a war on drugs that has affected millions of people on both sides of the border and has spread all over the world. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s duty to the American people is to combat the growing, manufacture and distribution of controlled substances and to prosecute those people and organizations involved in such activities to the fullest extent of the law.
Logic will tell you that the people who should understand this and appreciate it the most are the people who work for the DEA in some capacity and their families. On Nov. 6, local law enforcement officers made an arrest in College Station, Texas that ordinarily would not have drawn much attention outside of their local community. However, what followed gained both national and international news coverage and sparked a significant amount of conversation. Sarah Elizabeth Furay, 19, is facing, as quoted by the Daily Mail, “at least three felony charges that could, given the severity of the Texas justice system, result in a maximum sentence of 215 years in prison and a $30,000 fine” stemming from the arrest that according to CBS’s review of police reports, included “more than 31 grams of packaged cocaine, 126 grams of high grade marijuana, 29 ‘ecstasy’ tablets, methamphetamine and 60 doses of a drug similar to LSD.”
Per the NY Daily News, according to the reports from the College Station Police Department, Sarah Furay “admitted she had cocaine and marijuana when they arrived.” Upon further inspection of her home, the police found a significant amount of distribution materials. After searching through her phone records, they also discovered a long list of text messages exchanged with her various customers for drugs ranging from marijuana and cocaine to MDMA and acid.
After her arrest, Furay was processed just as any other person, however unlike the majority of criminal mugshots, Sarah Furay’s featured her smiling face. It was later confirmed that she is the daughter of a highly decorated DEA agent. According to many news media outlets, DEA agent Bill Furay, who works out of the Houston field office, is a rising star, having handled many difficult operations effectively.
His career began to take off with two incredibly successful operations including ‘Operation Blood Loss’ in 2009 and ‘Operation Agent Orange’ in 2010. ‘Operation Agent Orange’ has been deemed the nexus of Bill Furay’s rise to prominence because he headed up a narcotics task force with the sole purpose of targeting drug traffickers tied to the infamous Mexican Sinaloa Cartel. Agent Furay has a notorious no-nonsense policy when it comes to those who push drugs.
Various news media outlets have speculated as to the severity of the punishment Sarah Furay will face due to the fact that she is the daughter of a DEA agent and that her mother also holds a prominent position in the community. Some have speculated that her smile in her mugshot is a result of her knowing that her parents’ positions in the community and the fact that she is a white female could potentially result in a lean towards more leniency when sentencing is eventually handed down.
This point was reinforced when Sarah Furay’s bail was set at $39,000. Trial has yet to begin, but it seems that Sarah Furay has grasped the severity of what she is potentially facing because in her second mug shot, she had a look of fright and concern on her face.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, December 8th print edition.
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