Sarah Furay (c. 1996- ) is an American drug dealer from College Station, Texas. On November 9th 2015, the police searched her home and found:
- 31.5 grams of packaged cocaine,
- 126 grams of high-grade marijuana,
- 29 tablets of Ecstasy,
- 60 doses of 25c NBOME (a drug like LSD),
- an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine,
- two digital scales,
- packaging materials,
- a handwritten list of drug prices,
- text messages on her phone about drug deals.
She could face up to 215 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
Despita all that, she was smiling in her mugshot (pictured above).
Despite all that, she easily made bail and got out of jail.
Despite all that, the press said she had:
- a “photogenic smile”,
- “the happiest mugshot in America”,
- the “jolliest in recent history”, and
- “an entrepreneurial approach to avoiding student loan debt.”
Even though she is 19, neither the Daily Beast nor Raw Story called her a “woman”. Instead she was a “girl”, a “teen” and a “teenage daughter”.
Death and Taxes called her “an adorable drug kingpin”.
“Watch whiteness work.”
After being widely condemned on Twitter, Death and Taxes admitted that calling her “adorable” was, in effect, racist (would they ever say that of a Black drug kingpin?) and gave what seemed to be a sincere apology.
Her mother is the head of the Coulson Tough Elementary School in Woodlands, Texas.
Her father is a no-nonsense DEA agent, who has put many a drug dealer behind bars, 60 of them from the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel. He is currently in Panama working with the US ambassador.
Despite his daughter’s drug dealing, none of the reporting I read asked if he was dirty. Instead they assumed he was a clueless parent.
Whites and Blacks in the US use and sell drugs at about the same rate, yet at each step of the criminal “justice” system, Whites are favoured: Blacks are much more likely to be arrested, to be given a higher bail, to be found guilty, and to be given a longer sentence in prison – for the same crime.
All of that is part of why only 23% of those in federal prison are White – even though Whites make up 64% of the US.
And that 215-year prison sentence she could face – for what is a non-violent crime, remember – is part of why the US has so many people in prison.
Art Way, a senior drug policy manager at The Drug Policy Alliance, said:
“Furay has posted bond that was likely smaller than what most people of color her age would have received, and I’m sure she has private counsel. As a result, she escapes pretrial detention and possibly prison through early plea bargaining.”
He was surprised she was arrested in the first place:
“It is more difficult for the tentacles of the system to reach those like Furay. I’m surprised they were actually looking for her instead of her falling in their lap on accident. The truth is probably more akin to the latter.”
– Abagond, 2015.