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Friday, March 24, 2006

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Drug arrests at high school

Concord police arrested two Carlisle residents for distributing drugs at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) on March 9. According to Concord police and the Concord Journal, the arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation of drug trafficking at CCHS, and occurred at 2:27 p.m. on the CCHS campus. Eric Lipsier, 18, was charged with conspiracy to violate the narcotics law, possession of marijuana, conspiring to distribute a Class D drug: (marijuana), possession of a Class A drug: (opium), and with doing so within a school zone. Zachary Rubenstein, 17, was charged with possession of a Class D drug: (marijuana), with conspiring to violate the narcotics law, with an intent to distribute a class D drug,and for doing so within a school zone. State law defines a school zone as the area within 1,000 feet of a school.

Both were seen in the Concord district court and released. Lipsier is scheduled to return to court on April 25 and Rubenstein is scheduled to return on June 6.

A spokesman for the Concord police department said that the arrests concluded their present investigation. When asked whether the Restorative Justice program might be invoked in these two cases, he said he thought the charges were "too serious" for that. In addition, the Restorative Justice program is intended as an alternative for juvenile court cases. Normally, individuals under 18 years of age are treated as juveniles, but the state has the discretion to prosecute a juvenile as an adult. The arrest was made by Concord police, but Inspector Barnes of the Carlisle police said that Carlisle has been informed of developments in the two cases.


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