NEW ORLEANS - The son of Jefferson Parish President John Young was convicted of marijuana possession Thursday in Orleans Parish Criminal Court.
McCall Young, 22, was tried on a felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, but Judge Frank Marullo found him guilty of the lesser charge – a misdemeanor.
The key witnesses in the one-day judge trial were two New Orleans police officers who said they received a Crimestoppers tip in October 2009 that weed was being sold from an apartment occupied by Young and his co-defendant Jack Oescher.
The officers said they went to the apartment and found several bags and a jar of high-grade marijuana, digital scales, smoking paraphernalia and about $2,000 in small bills.
But defense attorneys Vinny Mosca and Cliff Stoutz argued that prosecutors presented no direct evidence of drug sales.
Marullo sentenced Young on the spot to 18 months probation and ordered him to pay a $500 fine. Oescher was tried before Marullo in October and also was found guilty of the misdemeanor possession charge.
John Young declined comment.