PLAINVILLE - A Newington man charged with supplying marijuana to two minors who had a bad reaction to it in Plainville has been granted two programs to keep his record clean.
Zachary Cheever, 19, was granted the Drug Education Program and Accelerated Rehabilitation during a hearing Friday in Bristol Superior Court.
The programs were made possible after state prosecutors agreed to drop more serious charges against Cheever. These included two counts of sale of a controlled substance, which, by statute, would have precluded the use of the programs.
According to prosecutors, Cheever on Jan. 22 supplied two minors with marijuana. The juveniles reported experiencing a bad reaction to the drug, including symptoms like tunnel vision, vomiting and a “racing heart.”
Prosecutors speculated that the marijuana may have been laced with a more serious drug, conceding that, if it was, it’s very unlikely Cheever would have known that. The minors received medical treatment and did not experience any lasting effects.
The parents of the two minors did not respond to court officials for input on the case.
Cheever’s attorney on Friday said he does not believe the marijuana was laced with anything. The symptoms, he speculated, could have been brought on by something such as dehydration.
Cheever still faces charges of possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana and two counts each of risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. These will be dropped if he completes both programs by June 16, 2020.
The Drug Education Program includes substance abuse treatment, while Accelerated Rehabilitation is a form of pretrial probation that requires a defendant to avoid any further arrests.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.