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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man accused of having marijuana plants, hashish

Zackery T. Minkel, 32, of the 200 block of South Eighth Street in DeKalb, is accused of having marijuana, marijuana plants, and multiple controlled substances.
Zackery T. Minkel, 32, of the 200 block of South Eighth Street in DeKalb, is accused of having marijuana, marijuana plants, and multiple controlled substances.

DeKALB — Police opened the freezer in Zackery T. Minkel's DeKalb apartment and found a pop can with 17 bags of hashish weighing 22 grams, court records show.

But that wasn't the only thing police said they found in the apartment in the 200 block of South Eighth Street in DeKalb. Police searched Minkel's apartment about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a tip, said Gary Dumdie, DeKalb County Sheriff's chief deputy.

In the living room, they found about 3 1/2 ounces of marijuana in four separate plastic bags. In the kitchen, they found a small vial and straw that both had cocaine residue. They also found nine tablets of Alprazolam, a form of the anti-anxiety medication known as Xanax, in the bedroom along with brass knuckles.

In another room, they found 13 marijuana plants, according to court records.

In total, the marijuana seized weighed about five ounces.

Minkel, 32, remained in jail Thursday unable to post 10 percent of his $76,500 bond. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, unlawful possession of marijuana, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Minkel also has a pending case of driving under the influence of alcohol for a third time, court records show.

If convicted of the more serious charge, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, Minkel would face between two and 10 years in prison. Probation would not be an option. His next court date is scheduled for June 25.

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