"An Erie man accused by area drug investigators of possessing the synthetic drug "bath salts" that investigators found in three separate investigations in late 2015 was sentenced on Wednesday to a county prison term on his no-contest pleas to charges in the cases.
Erie County Judge John Garhart sentenced 21-year-old Zachary J. Hickoff to serve 11½ to 23 months in the Erie County Prison, followed by eight years of probation, for pleading no contest in late October to felony counts of possession with intent to deliver in two of the cases and to a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance in the third case.
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State police and county drug investigators filed the charges against Hickoff in three investigations that occurred in October and November 2015. One set of charges, filed in December 2015 by members of the Erie County District Attorney's Drug Task Force, followed a search of Hickoff's then-city residence in November 2015. Agents said they seized 5½ pounds of suspected marijuana and a half-ounce of suspected bath salts, with the total street value of the drugs estimated at about $22,000, and more than $10,000 in cash from the residence during the search.
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Agents estimated the street value of the suspected marijuana at between $50,000 and $100,000."
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