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Attorney: Drugs prove to be legal; my client is free

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    A Lullwater Road man’s shipment of drugs turns out to be legal after testing, says his attorney.

    ALBANY, Ga. — Daniel Martin Folsom walked free on his own recognizance after a drug lab tested the drugs he had and declared them legal, Folsom’s attorney said.

    “At about 8:30 a.m. yesterday, the Georgia drug lab results came back for the substance found in his house,” said Phil Cannon, an Albany attorney. “It was declared not a controlled substance.”

    Cannon said he reached an agreement with the district attorney’s office that allowed Folsom to walk out of the Dougherty County Jail Tuesday, where he was incarcerated for less than two months.

    The 23-year-old Folsom had been charged with cocaine trafficking and two charges of possession of Ecstasy with intent to distribute after a federal investigation.

    “The trouble is that they used a field drug test, which is not admissible in court,” Cannon said. “The drug lab test is accurate, and it came back as methedrone (sic). It is not a controlled substance. It is plant food.”

    Cannon spelled the drugmethedrone,” but no drug could be found with that spelling by Google. Instead, a ton of hits turned up for “mephedrone.”

    Mephedrone may be legal, but according to the United States Department of Justice website deadiversion.usdoj.gov, it could be called a first cousin of Ecstasy.

    “It is predominantly used by youth population (15-24 years), higher in males than females, from urban areas who frequent clubs, discos and dance events,” according to the site. “Mephedrone is sold over the Internet and is promoted as a ‘research chemical’, ‘bath salts’ or ‘plant food.’

    Mephedrone is not scheduled under Controlled Substance Act (CSA).”

    Cannon expects to have all charges against Folsom dropped by next week.

    Dougherty Judicial circuit District Attorney Greg Edwards said he had not taken a close enough look at the case to immediately comment.

    June 9, 2011
    Pete Skiba, staff writer



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