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Norman City Council member, store owner face drug charges

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A Norman City Council member and his co-worker have been charged after police raided the novelty shop they operate.

The Norman Transcript reports (http://bit.ly/1Y732h1 ) that city council member Stephen Holman and Robert Cox were jointly charged Thursday with seven counts, including a felony charge that alleges that Holman and Cox acquired money from drug activity and six misdemeanor charges related to drug paraphernalia.

Cox owns The Friendly Market, and Holman is a manager at the store. Police obtained a search warrant for the store Dec. 1 based on undercover observations Nov. 12.

Holman says the charges are politically motivated and stem from his public opposition to asset forfeiture laws, which allow police to seize property without filing charges or securing a conviction.

City Attorney Jeff Bryant says Holman could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Information from: The Norman Transcript, http://www.normantranscript.com

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