Social worker cited

County employee arrested on meth charges

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]

Amanda Szemak

A Lee County, Virginia social worker is behind bars after being arrested by the Middlesboro Police Department on Saturday night.

According to the arrest citation, Amanda Celeste Szemak, 38, of Middlesboro, was arrested for first-degree trafficking a controlled substance after MPD Officer Barry Cowan found her to be in possession of an ounce of crystal meth.

Arrest records show that at the time of her arrest, Szemak was employed by the Lee County Department of Social Services. Szemak worked as a social worker in Bean Station, Tennessee from January 2011 until October 2011 and with child protective services for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services in Tazewell, Tennessee from June 2006 to 2011.

The arrest citation states Szemak was a passenger in a truck driven by Billy Marlow, 41, of Middlesboro. Cowan said he was parked on the Cumberland Village parking lot facing northbound when he saw Marlow driving. Cowan stated he knew Marlow’s license was suspended and the Toyota truck he was driving appeared to have excessive window tint. When measured, the window tint meter showed 14 percent.

The report states that while Cowan used the tint meter, Marlow handed the passenger, Szemak, an ounce of crystal meth. The meth was subsequently found concealed down Szemak’s pants.

Marlow was charged with excessive windshield/window tinting, operating on a suspended operator’s license and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Szemak and Marlow are both being held on $5,000 cash bonds and are scheduled for court on July 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

Amanda Szemak Szemak
County employee arrested on meth charges

By Reina P. Cunningham

[email protected]

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