Not guilty plea for two accused of selling marijuana at Mardi Gras in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Two people accused of selling marijuana at a gentleman's club in Springfield pleaded not guilty to distribution charges Tuesday morning.

According to Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, 24-year-old Alissa Nowak of Bellingham and 35-year-old Hemant Shani were arraigned in Springfield District Court Tuesday morning.

Nowak and Shani are charged with distribution of a class D drug and possession with the intent to distribute a class D drug. Nowak is also facing an additional charge of distribution of a class D drug.

Both Nowak and Shani were released on personal recognizance and will be back in court again on March 27.

Nowak and Shani were arrested Friday night after they sold marijuana to undercover detectives during a marijuana vendor party at Mardi Gras.

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Walsh said Nowak and Shani were two of 30 to 40 vendors that were allegedly selling marijuana on the third floor of the club. Police seized 200 pounds of marijuana along with $3,865 in cash after vendors and customers allegedly ran from the party.

Walsh said there were about 150 customers in the club at the time of the alleged vendor party. Neither Nowak or Shani are licensed with the CCC to sell marijuana, Walsh added.

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