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Drug charges dropped in case against Pittsburgh Power coach's wife

The wife of the coach for the Pittsburgh Power arena football team was released from jail recently after prosecutors dropped drug charges against her. The woman had a total of 25 drug charges dismissed.

The 35-year old woman owns a chain of tobacco stores. She ware arrested in both November and February for alleged drug offenses, including the delivery of drug paraphernalia, drug paraphernalia possession with the intention of delivery, and both sale and possession of imitation controlled substances, including synthetic marijuana products.

The woman was held without bond for seven weeks in jail. The Pittsburgh Power coach himself was not charged, and was not implicated in the investigation. The district attorney's office dismissed the drug charges under several conditions agreed upon by the woman. She must enter a five-year intervention contract, where she may not stock, sell or deliver drug paraphernalia. She must also pay a $20,000 fine, which will go towards drug education for children, as well as a $2,000 fine to pay for investigative expenses. Finally, she must place a letter of apology in a local newspaper.

The woman's attorney felt that the agreement was unfair to the defendant, stating that he believes her to be innocent, and that she has never used any illegal drugs, nor had she possessed or sold controlled substances. Further, her attorney noted that her 49-day jail stint was unwarranted, and that the confinement of an innocent woman for any length of time is a tragedy.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Drug charges dismissed against Power coach's wife," Jerry DiPaola, 3/30/2011

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