An assistant solicitor for the city resigned this week after informing the city’s chief prosecutor that her husband pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges.

Jeannine Malone was sworn as assistant solicitor on Dec. 3. She resigned on New Year’s Day.

Federal court records indicate that in September, her husband, Thomas W. Malone Jr., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a Schedule 1 dangerous controlled substance, synthetic marijuana.

Thomas and other defendants are alleged to be part of a multi-state conspiracy to distribute the drug.

Solicitor Bill Riley said he appointed Malone, but was unaware of her husband’s legal troubles. He said she has an impressive resume, noting she is a graduate of Georgia State University College of Law and clerked for Judge Ural Glanville in the Fulton Superior Court and interned in the DeKalb Recorders Court.

“We were shocked to find out,” Riley said.

Jeannine Malone is not named in the indictment.

In another development, Sandy Springs city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun has confirmed the city’s Zoning Department issued a notice of violation regarding a home on Colquitt Road listed as the address of the nonprofit Pam Green Foundation sobriety living home. The CEO of the nonprofit listed on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website is Drew T. Green, another defendant named in the indictment against Thomas Malone Jr.

Green and Thomas Malone Jr. were both owners of a company called NutraGenomics, a company accused of supplying chemicals to create synthetic marijuana.

Steven Sadow, attorney for Thomas Malone Jr., declined to comment.

Dan Whisenhunt

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