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May 15, 2014

Man, 67, gets jail time for drug dealing

SALEM — A Salem man who was described by police as running “a neighborhood drugstore” from his home on Appleton Street was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in jail.

Ronald Marshall, 67, of 17 Appleton St., pleaded guilty last month on the eve of trial to charges of distribution of marijuana, subsequent offense, as well as distribution of class B, C and E drugs.

Yesterday, Salem Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead sentenced Marshall to the 18-month jail term.

Police raided Marshall’s home in September 2011, following an investigation into reports that he was selling drugs.

Marshall, a Salem native, has a record in a number of states and also served federal time on drug-related charges.

Inside the home, police found 20 pounds of marijuana, as well as dozens of pills, including morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Ritalin and Adderall.

The case was delayed in coming to trial in part because of a successful motion to suppress statements made by Marshall before he was given his Miranda warnings, and then the discovery that the drugs were tested at the now-closed state drug lab in Jamaica Plain where chemist Annie Dookhan admitted to fudging drug tests.

Marshall had inquired about whether time he spent awaiting trial on home confinement could be applied toward his sentence.

Whitehead said it could not.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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