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Mom in school case faces drug charges

June 14, 2011 at 5:16 PM

NORWALK, Conn., June 14 (UPI) -- A Connecticut woman facing drug charges became a national figure earlier when she was charged with sending her son to an out-of-district school.

A lawyer for Tanya McDowell told The Stamford Advocate her earlier fame is actually hurting her now. Darnell Crosland said McDowell was "entrapped" into offering drugs and sexual services to an undercover police officer and is being held on $200,000 bail in retaliation for her public relations fight against a theft of services charge.

"The whole thing stinks," he said after a judge refused Monday to lower McDowell's bail.

McDowell was charged in April with larceny for allegedly enrolling her son in a school in Norwalk while she was living in Bridgeport.

Norwalk police said McDowell sold them drugs there and in Bridgeport. She is also alleged to have said she could provide prostitutes.

She was arrested Friday.

The school case attracted the attention of civil rights activist Al Sharpton.

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