Bridgeport woman accused of larceny now facing drug charges

A homeless woman from Bridgeport arrested for illegally enrolling her son in the Norwalk school system is now facing 28 drug charges.

Police say Tonya McDowell is already facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of stealing nearly $16,000 in educational services from the City of Norwalk.

McDowell's newest charges, most of which are felonies, include possession of narcotics, illegal possession near a school, sale near a school and illegal manufacturing, distribution and sale.

McDowell is being held on $200,000 bond, which her attorney Darnel Crosland says the single, homeless mother cannot pay.

"She cannot possibly make that bond," he says. "It was like she was sentenced already."

McDowell will be arraigned on the drug-related charges Monday. She is due back in court for the earlier larceny case July 12.

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