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NEOLA TEENAGER PLEADS GUILTY TO LSD CHARGES, FINED $100

A 17-year-old Neola boy arrested in November with 88 "hits" of LSD, which police contend he was preparing to sell to Union High School students, has been fined $100 for his crime and sentenced to 20 hours of community service.

The boy pleaded guilty in 8th District Juvenile Court in Roosevelt to possession of LSD with intent to distribute, and to possession of marijuana. A third count of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed, according to court records.Juvenile Court Judge Leslie Brown fined the youth $100 on the LSD charge, $200 on the marijuana charge, ordered him to complete 20 hours of community service, revoked his drivers license and placed him on probation for an indefinite period. He also mandated that the teen undergo alcohol and drug abuse counseling.

In adult court the youth could have been given a prison sentence on the felony drug charges.

The juvenile and his 19-year-old female companion were arrested Nov. 15, 1995, by members of the Uintah Basin Narcotics Strike Force. A tip from an informant led police to the suspects and the retrieval of 88 small stamps which had been laced with LSD.

The drugs were on 3-by-3-inch sheets of paper which had perforations dividing each "hit" into a tiny square "stamp."

Police believed the youth started out with 100 "hits" of the hallucinogenic, but had sold some of them before he was apprehended. A "hit" of LSD sells on the street for $5 to $7.