Pipe shop owner, manager not guilty in drug-related trial

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Posted: May 09, 2017 12:50 AM
Pipe shop owner, manager not guilty in drug-related trial

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma jurors have found the owner and manager of a pipe shop not guilty of selling drug paraphernalia.

A Cleveland County jury deliberated for more than five hours before acquitting Friendly Market owner Robert Cox and manager Stephen Holman, who is also a Norman City Council member.

The crackdown had been mounted by the Norman police and Cleveland County's Republican district attorney, Greg Mashburn.

The store is no longer open. Cox and Holman had refused plea deals. Cox insisted that all of the items sold in his store could have been used to smoke tobacco and were therefore legal under state law.

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This version of the story corrects to make clear that the manager of the shop is a member of the City Council, not the owner.