Sandy Springs Solicitor Fired; Husband Ran Alpharetta Firm Involved in Synthetic Pot
Jeannine Malone was appointed by the City of Sandy Springs on Dec. 3rd. Her husband will be sentenced on federal drug trafficking charges, this month. Next week, Jeannine is expected to be named in a wrongful death suit related to a teen suicide.
On Wednesday, Jeannine Malone was let go from her position as Assistant Solicitor for the Municipal Court for the City of Sandy Springs. She was sworn in on Dec. 3.
Malone’s husband, Thomas W. Malone, Jr. has been embroiled in a federal drug trafficking case tied to the synthetic marijuana industry through a company based in Alpharetta. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in the fall.
“We became aware that she was having personal problems and decided it was in the best interests of the city to withdraw her appointment,” said Bill Riley, an attorney for the City of Sandy Springs.
A wrongful death suit is expected to be filed next week against NutraGenomics and its officers. Authorities say the Alpharetta company provided a compound for synthetic marijuana. Attorneys for Lance Dyer, of Breman, Ga., are filing the suit. His 14-year-old son, Dakota Blaze Dyer committed suicide on March 10, 2012 after taking a synthetic drug known on the street as “Mr. Miyagi.”
Dyer said his son gave in to peer pressure when he took the drug and believes Dakota had a psychotic break when he shot himself on that Saturday morning.
Dyer has been steadfast in bringing awareness to the synthetic marijuana industry and the federal case against Thomas Malone, Jr. and nine other defendants. According to the indictment, a cartel stretched from California to Lafayette, La. to NutraGenomics in Alpharetta. NutraGenomics was operated by Roswell residents Thomas Malone, Jr. and Drew T. Green, who distributed the synthetic cannabinoids used to make “Mr. Miyagi.”
“We saw that [Jeannine Malone] was the registering agent for four companies that are registered as the same address as NutraGenomics,” Dyer said. “She should know of her husband’s actions.”
[The Georgia Secretary of State website reveals several entities showing Jeannine Malone as the registered agent. So far Patch has not matched the addresses to NutraGenomics.]
Dyer questioned why the City of Sandy Springs would appoint her as its solicitor. “My concern with Ms. Malone is she is an officer of the court and in a position to influence drug cases at a city level, yet she is married to a convicted felon. That should concern the taxpayer,” Dyer said.
Jeannine Malone was contracted with the city through Riley McClendon law fim. Bill Riley said the firm and city officials were unaware of her personal problems until she brought it to their attention last week. On Tuesday, a decision was made to withdraw her appointment, said Riley.
A recent 11Alive report found that Thomas Malone, Jr. and Drew T. Green are behind a non-profit for recovering addicts located on Colquitt Road. The Pam Green Foundation is named after Drew T. Green’s mother, the report said.
According to the 11Alive report, the facility was recently cited for zoning violations.