Drug charges dismissed against Power coach's wife
By Jerry DiPaola
Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2011,
The wife of Power coach Chris Siegfried was released from a Florida jail Tuesday after authorities dropped 25 drug charges against her.
Tammi Siegfried, 35, of Windermere, Fla., and owner of a tobacco store chain called Low Ball Louie's, had been arrested in November and February on drug charges, including delivery of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to deliver, and possession and sale of an imitation controlled substance.
She was held without bond in Polk County Jail for seven weeks. Chris Siegfried was not charged or connected to the investigation, said a spokeswoman with the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
The Polk Countystate attorney's office dismissed the charges under an agreement in which Tammi Siegfried agreed to:
• Enter into a five-year intervention contract in which she agrees not to sell, stock or deliver drug paraphernalia, including synthetic marijuana products known as K2 and Spice. The so-called fake marijuana had been targeted by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, but it is not considered a controlled substance in Florida.
• Pay the sheriff's office $20,000 to be used for drug education of Polk County children and $2,000 for investigative expenses.
• Place an advertisement in the Lakeland Ledger newspaper apologizing for and agreeing to discontinue selling items that have become popular among users of illegal drugs.
"The state's main goal in this matter was simply to have her stop selling these materials, and we believe we can accomplish that under this agreement," said Chip Thullbery, a spokesman for the Polk County state attorney's office. "In return, all charges will be dropped."
Tammi Siegfried's attorney, John Stidham, who took the case three days ago, said having multiple charges dropped in this manner is unusual.
"They don't do that all the time with someone who has been charged with a bunch of felonies," Stidham said. "Tammi had a pristine defense to these charges. Had she not been in jail, she would have fought these charges to the end. I believe she was innocent.
"Tammi never has possessed any controlled substance or any type of drug, and she never has used drugs.
"That she was in jail for 49 days is a tragedy."
Attorney David Parry, who had represented Siegfried in this case, said six of her employees who were arrested were offered the same intervention contract. He didn't know if they accepted.
Parry added that Siegfried previously was offered a plea agreement to a lesser charge, but she declined it for fear of losing her commercial license.
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