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Teen's drug case put on inactive docket

April 21, 1999

A St. Maria Goretti High School basketball standout charged with drug violations after a Feb. 14 game in Baltimore appeared in Washington County District Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia against Jamie Rice, 18, of 18910 Waldron Place, were placed on a stet, or inactive docket, by Judge Ralph France.

Rice agreed to enter into the Diversions program where as a first offender he will perform 50 hours of community service and attend the young adult addictions program at the Washington County Health Department.

Successful completion of that program will keep Rice's record clean.

A senior forward, Rice was expelled from the team after he and four other Hagerstown residents were charged with drug violations, court records said.

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Rice was charged by Washington County Sheriff's deputies who, while on patrol at 10 p.m. on Feb. 14, spotted a van in a parking lot and noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, deputies said.

A search of the van revealed a small amount of marijuana, deputies said. Rice, one of two adults in the van, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The incident occurred after the Gaels returned from their 76-51 Baltimore Catholic League victory over St. Frances.

- Marlo Barnhart

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