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Friday, October 11, 2013

Monsey - Rabbi indicted on drug, weapons charges

An ordained Monsey rabbi accused of selling marijuana has been indicted on drug and weapons charges, officials said Thursday.

Shlomo Ettlinger, 37, of 61 Blauvelt Road has been charged with felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.

The charges were filed against Ettlinger after Ramapo police searched his home on March 21, finding more than a pound of marijuana, 370 grams of hashish oil, an unregistered .357-caliber Smith & Wesson with ammunition and $2,000.

Police at the time said the search came after several neighbors reported suspicious behavior at the home to authorities, prompting a two-month investigation. Five people beside Ettlinger were arrested as a result of the investigation. They were charged with lesser crimes.

Ettlinger could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

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