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Atlantic City Man Charged with Selling Ecstasy at Casino Goes to Trial

20 November 2002

ATLANTIC CITY -- As reported by Press of Atlantic City: ``A man nabbed by police for allegedly selling the club drug Ecstasy in Atlantic City and Dover Township will be tried in U.S. District Court.

``Authorities allege that from at least Jan. 17, 2002, through March 7, 2002, Keir Hodge, 28, of Newark, and two other defendants, Eli Tarry and Christopher Carbone, whose ages and addresses were not available, knowingly and intentionally conspired and agreed to possess and distribute the drug.

``It is further alleged that Hodge possessed a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

``Tarry and Carbone pleaded guilty to the charges and will be sentenced at a later date, said Greg Reinert, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

``But Hodge's case headed to trial.

``…The judge will hear the case Monday through Wednesday of each week until the case is completed and ready to go to the jury.

``According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, on Jan. 17, Tarry met with an undercover agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and a confidential source at the Trump Plaza Casino. Tarry agreed to sell the agent 2,000 to 3,000 Ecstasy pills…"

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