Marijuana prelim set forward two weeks |

Marijuana prelim set forward two weeks

by Timothy Bowman

Matt Macosko’s preliminary trial was continued to May 21 by Judge Roland Candee.

Macosko was in El Dorado Superior Court Monday on charges of transportation and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. If Macosko is found guilty, he could face three years in state prison.

Macosko was arrested April 11 after retrieving a package from the post office containing a quarter-pound of marijuana. Macosko allegedly sent the package to a medical marijuana patient in Kentucky. The package was never retrieved by the intended recipient and was sent back to Macosko’s South Lake Tahoe address.

A postal inspector discovered the package contained marijuana and notified the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team. SLEDNET allowed the package to be returned. Macosko was arrested after he retrieved it. Officers also reportedly found $10,550 on Macosko at the time of arrest.

Though Macosko said he was anxious to bring a resolution to his case, he said he will be satisfied if it ends favorably for medical marijuana patients.

“It’s fine if we are going to get this case dismissed,” Macosko said. “The community is ready to come forward with the fact finding. These people who we are supplying look at us as saviors.”

Macosko wants his case to serve as a precedent allowing the delivery of medical marijuana through the mail. He said he does not expect the case to go to trial, but he is prepared if it does.

“All charges are going to be dismissed,” Macosko said. “The money will be returned to the rightful owners and the marijuana will be returned to the rightful owners. I’m prepared to go to a full jury trial and explain to everybody what I do.”

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