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Colonie coach's drug charge reduced

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James Boland (Albany PD) James Boland (Albany PD)

COLONIE, N.Y. - The Colonie Central High School basketball coach who was arrested by Albany Police for his alleged possession of crack cocaine has had his charge reduced.

James Boland, 55, was charged with possession of crack cocaine on Friday after police say he was arrested on Pieter Schuyler Court in Albany.

According to officials, Boland's felony charged was reduced to a misdemeanor due to the weight of the drugs. Defense counsel requested a month adjournment to get a drug evaluation.

Boland was a long-time assistant for Colonie Central and recently took over the varsity basketball team. He is also a social studies teacher.

Boland has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation and applicable proceedings. 

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