And once again, it must be nice.....
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.