Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pageant winner pleads guilty to drug dealing

Pageant winner Magrish Balasubramaniam pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell a controlled substance in Madison County.  He was caught last year with a large quantity of "synthetic LSD".  The plea agreement states he is to be sentenced to twenty years in the custody of MDOC but thirteen years of the sentence is to be suspended.  He is represented by attorney Dennis Sweet.

His co-conspirator Khaleb Chhabra pleaded guilty to the same charged and will serve fifteen years in the custody of MDOC after receiving a twenty-year sentence.   Mr. Balasubramaniam's plea bargain has not yet been approved by the court.  He was indicted in January for sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.  The indictment states he was caught with between 10 and 20 hits of synthetic LSD. 

Mr. Balasubramaniam is apparently somewhat of a dandy around campus as he won a "fashion pageant" at Mississippi State University earlier this year.  The Starkville Free Press (offshoot of the Jackson Free Press) reported in May:

The stage lights went down as the contestants prepared to come out on the stage. Backstage one contestant was particularly nervous.

He reached into his pocket and took out his phone to take a selfie of him and his fellow contestants to document the moment.

“We look saucy,” he thought as everyone gathered around the cellphone.

He quickly snapped the picture. The contestants exchanged small talk while waiting for the moment they had prepared for for a month.

The contestants listened as the crowd got quiet. The time had arrived to make their debut. They looked at each other in reassurance and stepped out on stage.....
“Modeling is an easy job. You get paid for standing there and looking like yourself,” Magrish said. His work with the Student Fashion Association would eventually lead him to the Mr. Delta Gent Pageant hosted by the Nu Beta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority of Mississippi State University. A member of the sorority invited him to participate in the event, and he thought it would be a great experience. So he agreed.

Magrish and six other young men went through a month of hectic and grueling practices. However, even through the hard work the men found time to have fun. Even though they came from vastly different social circles, the men managed to bond.

At every practice, fellow contestant Gabriel Myles would bring him a plate of syrup-drenched bacon, and while he ate Magrish and the other contestants would share stories.

After all the fun and games, it eventually became time for the contestants to show what they had been practicing for a month.

Magrish and the other men went on stage and displayed their talents, modeled and answered questions.....
Mary Alice Dann, who has known Magrish for two years, was ecstatic when she heard his name called.

“He worked hard for this award and deserved to win,” Ms. Dann said.

It didn’t hit Magrish until four hours later that he had won the pageant. He pulled out his phone and on the home screen was a picture of him on stage. He unlocked it and flipped through pictures from the pageant with a smile on his face.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

Not a bad accomplishment for a kid who described himself as having a rough start in the looks department.  Rest of article.
Kingfish note: Will the inmates think he is "saucy"? Couldn't resist.


Messick said...

Oh, his dance card is already full.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish -

As a technical matter, all LSD is synthetic. What he sold is a substituted NBOMe, which has psychedelic properties comparable to LSD but with a structure more similar to MDMA (Ecstasy) than LSD.

Kingfish said...

I know. The media started calling it synthetic LSD and I've been wondering how to describe it without making the readers' eyes glaze over. Feel free to offer suggestions.

Anonymous said...

10:02 - just put it in quotes.

Anonymous said...

I bet he meets a lot of new friends, he will be very much in demand. I hope he is up for the task.

Anonymous said...

Is there a reason he is getting a better deal than the other kid?

Anonymous said...

Curious! What kind of pageant does a "he" win?

Anonymous said...

So, he won this pageant while under indictment. What focus and poise.

Anonymous said...

Gag me. Donner Kay has branched her lunacy into Starkvegas? What other Mississippi cities are having their collective IQs diminished by LaDonner?

pittpanther said...

College kids getting 7 and 15 year sentences on their first offense? For drugs, not murder? Something just doesn't make sense.

Anonymous said...

I think his modeling services are soon to be in high demand.

Anonymous said...

Prison rape: still funny at JJ.

Anonymous said...

I'd be upset if this was first offense marijuana. But these boys were dealing dangerous stuff.

Anonymous said...

I think the synthetic description means it is some drug sold as LSD but not actually the real thing. As in synthetic weed.

Anonymous said...

The inmates will have their special sauce saved up for him.

Anonymous said...

You either have control over the chemical reactions in your cranium and or the government does. America, home of the thought controlled.

Anonymous said...

I'd be willing to bet these kids...ahem, young adults...probably had some sort of prior offenses on their record that were remanded to file or given some sort of conditional expungement. Don't get me wrong, 700 hits of acid is a lot...but it definitely seems like their trying to make an example out of somebody.

Messick said...

This is fun: check out the contributors in the "About SFP" at the top of their webpage.

The staff run-down reads like a Who's Who of Do-Not-Bids.

The problem, however, is that they are all well-versed in the "alt-weekly" school of cheap, drive-by leftist attack journalism, as they appear to excel in the requisite character assassination, name-calling, fact-bending, and other tools laid out by Saul Alinsky, et al. Their agenda is pretty clear. These demimondes will have real jobs one day, so learn their names and keep tabs. Though, most of 'em go/went to State, so shouldn't be too hard.

But why Starkville? Outside being Spinstress Hen's alma mater, I'm guessing there was no competition, like Jackson.

Anonymous said...

@11:23 There have been five kids hospitalized at colleges in Mississippi after using "synthetic LSD." Three were from MSU. I guess the DA is sending a message regarding the danger of these drugs.

Anonymous said...

Please inform this beauty that if he wears that tiara in prison, no other inmates will bother him, as it is a sign of upper classmanship.

Anonymous said...

12:38, the word you're looking for is maybe "ersatz", or perhaps simply "fake". "Synthetic weed" means something because the real thing is a natural product.

KF, I'd just call it what it is: an illegal psychedelic. No need to perpetuate misuse of the language.

Anonymous said...

And Pageant Winner, Mr. Saucy, when asked in prison, what his aspirations were to change the (prison) world stated, "Unlimited Piece" which I am providing on Cell Block E :)

Anonymous said...

Please tell me 3:16 is joking. Donna Ladd is an MSU grad? My degree's marketability just dropped.

Anonymous said...

3:16 - You ask "Why Starkville?" Might have something to do with the mayor, Parker Wiseman, who I believe was the youngest mayor ever in the state when first elected. He made Starkville the first MS town to grant benefits to domestic partners of city employees, and has been a constant voice supporting all things LGBT. Personally, I disagree with his LGBT agenda. He's also somewhat heavy handed in the eco, green building arena. He seems to do a good job for Starkville other than that.

Anonymous said...

"These demimondes will have real jobs one day, so learn their names and keep tabs." July 7, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Actually, the form of 'demimonde' you should have used should have been either 'demimondaines' or 'demi-mondains' . I assume you use the term in the older, broader sense:
'demimonde' = half-world/underworld/class of disreputable people

'demimondain' = masculine/general word (singular), to describe a man or person of the demimonde

'demimondaine' = feminine form (singular)

'demimondains' = plural form of 'demimondain'

'demimondaines' = plural form of 'demimondaine'

If you were referring to male persons, or persons-in-general, then 'demimondains', I believe, is the form you should have used.

Messick said...

10:41 AM, 7/8,

The use of 'demimonde' in my previous post refers to my suspicion that they're whores, regardless of gender. Not in a literal sense that they're selling their bodies, but a figurative one; simply brainless adherents to the pervasive left-leaning ideology within a typical alt-weekly staff.

So yes, it is used in the older sense you mentioned.

Anonymous said...

Messick, Is your problem with really with the *kids* who contribute to the SFP? Or the SFP administration? Perhaps the "demimondes" are simply trying to get experience? Either way, your vocabulary is impressive. I hope you're a journalist :)

Messick said...

3:13, 7/8,

Not a journalist, but the product of a public education system that is nearly gone and a lover of the written word.

Yes, I'd say most of them are in the hunt for experience. I'd also gather that they are not being paid much, if at all. But once a young mind is turned a certain way, it's hard getting it to see another side or take into consideration one's opposing viewpoint; simply smear and move on. As Lenin called them, the "useful idiots".

Back to Starkvegas, I'm extremely interested in reading about their mayor. College towns are peculiar animals, especially the small ones.

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