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Judge orders teen to receive drug counseling

A magistrate yesterday ordered a policeman’s son to attend community counseling after he pleaded guilty to drug possession.

Alvon Emmanuel, 18, of Sunset Park, admitted that police found him with two grams of marijuana on December 27.

He is the son of Assistant Superintendent Allan Emmanuel.

Joseph D’arceuil, who appeared for Emmanuel, asked the court to give the teen a second chance. He said the recent high school graduate was working as an apprentice contractor at the Caves Development.

He said Emmanuel had no police record and came from a decent family. D’arceuil said that both of Emmanuel’s parents are senior civil servants.

According to D’arceuil, Emmanuel was sorry about the embarrassment he brought to himself and his family.

The lawyer said Emmanuel was shot in the stomach a few months ago while visiting a female friend and it was thought he would not recover.

Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez ordered Emmanuel to participate in the drug program at the Community Counselling Center on Market Street for four months.

If Emmanuel succeeds in the program, no conviction would appear on his record.

He returns to court on May 16 for a status hearing and is free on $1,000 bail.

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