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Colonie coach appears in court on drug charge

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COLONIE, N.Y. - The Colonie Central High School basketball coach arrested by Albany Police for his alleged possession of crack cocaine appeared in court on Thursday

James Boland, 55, was charged with possession of crack cocaine 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.

Boland appeared in city court on Thursday and his attorney filed court paperwork on his behalf. The case is now in the discovery and motions phase -- once the court issues a decision on the motions they will set a new appearance date.

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

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

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