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Johnston teacher, three family members arrested on drug charges

Posted July 11, 2015
Updated July 12, 2015

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— A Johnston County high school teacher, and three of her family members, were arrested Friday after authorities found more than 10 pounds of marijuana in their Knightdale home.

Brittany Alexandria Coley, 22, a social studies teacher at West Johnston High School, was charged with drug trafficking, manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, maintaining a dwelling for keeping or selling controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She is being held under a $250,000 bond and was suspended without pay, according to Johnston County school officials.

Coley’s mother, Susan Pate Frost, 44, and father, Tracey Lynn Frost, 52, were charged with manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for keeping or selling and possession with intent to distribute. Both parents’ bonds were set at $500,000.

Her sister, Ashlyn Brooke Coley, 19, was also charged Friday with two counts of trafficking marijuana. She is being held under a $250,000 bond.

All four family members were scheduled to make their first court appearance Monday.

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  • Chris Chappell Jul 13, 2015
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    I don't think that includes the plants.

  • Chris Chappell Jul 13, 2015
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    it's a plant not chemicals !

  • Mike C Jul 13, 2015
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    Maybe she should have been a chemistry teacher.

  • Gen Lee Jul 13, 2015
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    many people also believe that marijuana is a gateway drug. if you want to grow marijuana go to Colorado or somewhere where it is legal to do it. Usually the ones that get arrested have enough to where it goes to a distribution charge like these people. You are never really truly free.

  • Sam Adams Jul 13, 2015
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    Personally, I don't believe in victimless crimes. I don't know these people so I cant comment on the specifics of this particular case, but I do believe it is absolutely ridiculous that anyone can get arrested over a plant that produces a flower. Every poll you look at clearly shows that the majority of Americans believe Cannabis should be legal. The truth is there is not one single reason why it should be illegal.

    If we are truly free in this country then the government should have absolutely no right to tell a grown man or woman how he or she can live their lives. If they want to grow their own medicine then they should be allowed to do so without any interference from the feds or local law enforcement. Anything short of that is not true freedom.

  • Gen Lee Jul 13, 2015
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    It is because of all the other charges (drug trafficking, etc.) that she has such a high bond

  • Melissa Noderer Jul 12, 2015
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    If they had a meth lab or other hard drugs I could understand such high bonds.
    I'm in no way endorsing the manufacture and distribution of pot. I believe it to be a gateway drug to harder stuff, however, the bonds do seem to be excessive.
    My gosh, a DUI bond is about $2000 from what I'm told. (No first hand experience with this!!)

  • Lee Roy Jul 12, 2015
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    Wow, child molesters bonds aren't even that high sometimes?? What a waste of time and money.

  • Russell Chapman Jul 12, 2015
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    Apparently this pothead teacher is the one who taught you Math because 6 OUNCES is LESS than 10 POUNDS.

  • Sherrill Craig Jul 12, 2015
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    Usually when you are arrested, they ask your occupation...

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