Connecticut Mom Tanya McDowell, Accused of Stealing Son's Education, Arrested on Drug Charges


"I told them they should proceed as they would in any other case, that no one should feel they have the right to deal narcotics openly and with impunity," Rilling said.

An arrest affidavit obtained by the Stamford Advocate also claims that McDowell attempted to offer officers the service of two prostitutes.

Before being arrested regarding her son's education, McDowell was arrested in November 2010 for possession of narcotics. She is a convicted felon who was found guilty of first degree robbery and illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2001.

"I think she had a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of all the support and to perhaps get herself off the street and based on what the investigation has thus far revealed, she didn't take advantage of that," Rilling said.

Calls to McDowell's attorney were not returned. McDowell is due back in court on July 12 for the charges relating to her son's schooling.

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