Drug charges dismissed against North Adams man


NORTH ADAMS -- Drug distribution charges against city resident Makenzie Suters have been dismissed in Northern Berkshire District Court.

Suters,19, of Wall Street, was accused in January of operating a marijuana growing and distribution network with his parents, Whitney, 46, and Monique, 44, at their East Quincy Street home.

Police allegedly discovered more than four pounds of marijuana, valued at about $16,000, and several marijuana plants after responding to a 911 hang-up call at the home.

But the misdemeanor charges of Class D drug distribution, possession to distribute a class D drug, and conspiracy to violate drug law were dismissed by Judge Michael Ripps in response to a motion by Makenzie Suters' attorney, James Patterson.

Patterson argued that Suters was owed a "show cause hearing" before the case could be brought to the court again.

"The accused was not placed under arrest, charged with felony offenses, and was not afforded a show cause hearing," the motion states.

It is unclear if the charges will be brought against Suters a second time. Whitney and Monique still face charges.


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