Jury selection is scheduled to take place Monday for a trial to determine if a tax collector in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is guilty as charged of selling marijuana last year. Hicks allegedly sold the cannabis outside his office, steps away from the town square.
George T. Hicks Jr., 21, who is the borough’s elected tax collector, faces two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, reports Steve Marroni at The Patriot-News.
The cops claim that Hicks on two occasions sold marijuana to an undercover police officer. Within days, county District Attorney David Freed won a court order barring Hicks from collecting any more tax money until after his case is resolbved.
Hicks says he is not a weed dealer, according to court documents, and allegedly the tax collector told police he “sold it as a friend.”
Hicks said last August that he uses marijuana for medical reasons and sold a small amount in what he thought was a favor for a colleague, reports Elizabeth Gibson of The Patriot-News. Hicks said he had previously shared marijuana with the female employee.
The woman called to say that an out-of-town friend needed some marijuana, and wanted to know if Hicks had any he could sell. When he agreed to sell a quarter-ounce to the friend — a man he knew only as “Chris” — the employee told hicks the sale had to be made at the collection agency office.
That office is just a few doors down from Hicks’ office as Carlisle Borough tax collector, a post to which he was elected last year.
According to a police affidavit, Hicks allegedly sold marijuana on August 2 and August 6 at that building on South Hanover Street in Carlisle.