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New Paltz School Board president resigns amid marijuana controversy

November 10, 2011 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New Paltz Board of Education president Don Kerr has resigned from the school board three days after he was arrested by the New Paltz Police Department (NPPD) when he signed for a package delivered by the US Postal Service, which, according to the NPPD, contained approximately eight pounds of high-grade marijuana with a street value of $32,000. The arrest came at approximately 6 p.m. last Friday. Kerr, 52, of Millrock Road, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a Class D felony. The NPPD said that it made the arrest as part of a joint investigation with the US Postal Inspection Service to ferret out pot delivered by mail.

According to the police, Kerr accepted a package at his office on 183 Main Street, within 1,000 feet of the New Paltz Middle School, which is a “Drug-Free Zone.” The New Paltz Police Department’s K-9 Unit also played a role in the arrest, since police dog Rex identified the package as containing weed, allowing the cops to ask for a warrant.

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