Signing for pot delivery draws prison time for Schenectady man
SCHENECTADY A Schenectady man who signed a false name to accept a large package full of marijuana was sentenced Thursday to 1 1⁄2 years in prison.
Tigris Hobbs, 39, of Washington Avenue, had been convicted in September on charges of first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and second-degree forgery following a weeklong trial in Schenectady County Court.
Hobbs was arrested in June 2011 after trying to accept the package containing 14 pounds of marijuana. A Troy postal inspector flagged the package as suspicious and a drug-detecting dog indicated there was marijuana inside.
An undercover police officer attempted to deliver the package to Hobbs’ residence. The first time, no one was home, but the second time, Hobbs signed a false name that didn’t match the one on the package. The officer refused to hand over the package, but Hobbs followed the officer, and on the third delivery attempt, Hobbs signed a name matching the fictitious one on the package. Police then arrested him.
Defense attorney Michael Feit considered appealing the conviction on the forgery count. He had argued at trial that there was nothing connecting Hobbs to the contents of the package, other than signing it.
As a compromise, acting Schenectady County Court Judge Polly Hoye sentenced Hobbs to time served on the forgery charge. He also faces 1 1⁄2 years of post-release supervision.
In other court matters Thursday:
• Judge Karen Drago sentenced Ronald Anderson, 31, of Brandywine Avenue, to two concurrent sentences of 21⁄2 years in prison and 2 years of post-release supervision. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, as well as one count each of fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
He possessed and sold cocaine in May and June at Bradley and McClellan streets, according to police.
Anderson had been recommended for drug court, but was removed from the program after drinking alcohol, in violation of the conditions. He also was arrested on an assault charge in Colonie.
• Jennifer Bialahoski, 31, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She used a stolen credit card to make more than $1,000 in purchases at various local gas stations and convenience stores in October.
Bialahoski also was participating in the drug court program from a previous drug possession charge but didn’t complete the program. Drago this time recommended her for the six-month “shock” program, a boot camp-style program.