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One felony dismissed from Potsdam drug arrest


POTSDAM — The felony drug arrests Saturday that landed two men in jail without bail was a police setup, officers said in village court Thursday in a preliminary hearing.

Patrols were given the license plate number to a GMC Yukon and told to try and make probable cause to pull the vehicle over, according to Sgt. Michael Ames.

After the vehicle was stopped for unsafe lane change and not using headlights, Zachary D. Linsky, 19, Norwood, and Lamarion J. Blanks Jr., 18, Brooklyn, were both charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, an A-II felony. They were accused of possessing 250 pills of ecstasy and a small amount of marijuana.

Village Justice Nicholas Pignone dismissed the charge against Mr. Linsky because prosecutors failed to provide testimony during the hearing detailing the weight of the ecstasy. In an earlier hearing for Mr. Blanks, prosecutors did provide the weight, about 74 grams.

Following the hearings, Mr. Linsky pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and Mr. Blanks was sent back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility to await grand jury action.

Mr. Linsky also pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released to probation supervision and could be sentenced up to one year in county jail.

Mr. Ames testified that he had phone conversations with members of the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force before he alerted another officer to find probable cause and stop the vehicle.

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