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Old 10-10-2007, 03:35 PM   #15
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Default Re: Five Duquesne basketball players shot on campus; two critical

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1 drug charge against Duquesne player is dismissed
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
By Jim McKinnon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A drug conspiracy charge against a suspended Duquesne University basketball player was dismissed today.

A district judge ruled that Stuard Baldonado's presence near a suspected drug transaction was not enough to justify the charge. Judge Eugene Zielmanski made the ruling after hearing testimony from a police officer and arguments by defense attorney Owen Seman.

Det. Talib Ghafoor testified that Mr. Baldonado was acting suspiciously as police watched a suspected drug transaction in the Hill District Aug. 31.

But Mr. Baldonado had no drugs or cash when he was arrested. He did have a cell phone, and police believe he was acting as a lookout. A companion was arrested with drugs and cash.

But there was no testimony that Mr. Baldonado knew there was a drug transaction taking place.

Mr. Baldonado faces a separate hearing next month on a charge of marijuana possession stemming from a second arrest in September.
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