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Alex West boat passengers charged with drug possession

Alex West boat passengers charged with drug possession

Both are jailed after drug investigation
Alex West boat passengers charged with drug possession
Matthew Marry

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Matthew Marry and Kristine Tiger — who were passengers on Alexander West's boat the night of a fatal crash on Lake George — have been arrested on drug possession charges.

Saratoga Springs police announced the arrest Friday afternoon, as a Warren County jury deliberated in the trial of West, 25, of Lake George. West is accused of crashing his boat the night of July 25 after a day of partying at Log Bay Day. He faces a 12-count indictment that includes manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. 

Marry, 28, and Tiger, 27, were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, police said. They were charged following the execution of a search warrant at 93 Crescent St., the result of an investigation into illegal narcotic activities, police said.

Marry is accused of possessing concentrated cannabis — a drug often referred to by people who testified in the West trial as “dabs” — and heroin. Tiger is accused of possessing heroin and Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction.

The paraphernalia charge stems from miscellaneous packaging materials that were recovered at the home, police said.

Marry and Tiger were arraigned and sent to Saratoga County jail on $1,000 cash bail. 

Marry was charged after the July 25 crash with hindering prosecution, making a punishable false written statement and offering a false instrument for filing, all misdemeanors. Prosecutors allege he let West hide at his home in Kingsbury the night of the crash. Tiger was charged with misdemeanor hindering prosecution. Both cases were adjourned until after West's trial.

That trial has included testimony from West’s friends about the use of “dabs” and cocaine during Log Bay Day. Neither Marry nor Tiger testified at the trial, but their names were brought up on several occasions.

In one instance, Dan Forshay told the jury that Marry asked him if he “wanted a dab,” to which Forshay recalled saying, “Does a bear [defecate] in the woods?”

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