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New Breed Paintball Owner Begins Serving Jail Sentence

Sky Friend, 33, turned himself in Friday to begin serving a six-year sentence for housing a marijuana growing facility at his Fair Lawn-based paintball store

Sky Friend, owner of New Breed Paintball on Fair Lawn Avenue, turned himself into authorities Friday to begin serving a six-year jail sentence for second-degree possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture and/or distribute.

Friend was arrested last September after Fair Lawn police detectives searched his store -- located just a block-and-a-half from the police department – and turned up 83 marijuana plants, hydroponic growing equipment and $4,692 in cash.

In the store’s basement, police found a 12' x 20' room set up with an elaborate marijuana growing facility, that included a ventilation system, growing lights, air conditioners and a water irrigation system.

Michael Koribanics, Friend’s attorney, called the six-year sentence “reasonable,” and said the 33-year-old first-time offender accepted full responsibility for his actions and admitted he made a mistake.

Friend will serve his time in New Jersey state prison, but the specific facility has yet to be determined. His earliest eligible parole date is in 14 months, Koribanics said.

New Breed Paintball will remain open and in the hands of Friend’s wife while he’s locked up, a store employee said Tuesday.  

The employee, who wished not to be identified, said Friend had continued working at the store up until last week when he began serving his sentence.

RadburnBpark October 12, 2011 at 06:49 PM
I want to know where all the people on this site who usually scream about how a Tattoo shop is a bad influence on our children and should not be allowed to open on River Road are right now. There is no way you can tell me that a store that sells paintball guns which kids who use them improperly at times to shoot people houses and strangers while driving in cars is a good influence on the town. Oh yeah and they were also a growing operation in the basement. Its funny i don't see the same anger from people that i do with a store that is not even open but brings lots of angry comments from people saying they should not be allowed to open.
Stuart Kharique Merritt October 12, 2011 at 07:37 PM
ITS SAD THAT MARIJUANA CAN BE MEDICAL AND GOOD BUT ON THE STREET ITS BAD....SMH GO PRESCRIPTIONS DRUGS GO!!!! YOU PEOPLE WHO COMMENT NEGATIVELY ARE SAINTS I PRESUME. A CAP GUN OR WATER GUN CAN BE USED IN A BAD WAY, DONT ASSUME THUGS SHOPPED THERE HOW IGNORANT ARE THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY? IF THE GUY HAD COCAINE, METH CRACK OR PILLS, YEAH THROW THE BOOK AT EM, BUT MARIJUANA , CMON LEGALIZATION WOULD BRING THE ECONOMY UP, AND MOST OF YOUR KIDS SMOKE ANYWAY AND U DONT EVEN KNOW IT LOL
Sara October 12, 2011 at 08:59 PM
a terrible sentence for a first offender. hope he gets out real soon.
Chris Chu November 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Travesty that he was given a sentence instead of a slap on the wrist. Natural cannabis is illegal, yet have large pharma create an artificial cannabinoid, slap a label on it and sell it for 10X the price with a marketing name of Marinol and all is good. Hyprocrisy at its worst!
Mitt Rummey November 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Now its time to tell all the weedheads to move to the lovely state of Colorado, beloved home of John Denver and now the potheads of society! Smoke them if you got them!

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