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The barenaked truth on drug charges, details

The original court date of Thursday July 17 set for Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page, 38, and two Fayetteville women was adjourned until Aug. 26 at the Fayetteville Village Court, according to Village Court Clerk Jeanette Zacharias. It's possible that court date could be adjourned again, Zacharias said.

Page was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance following evidence of cocaine. Also charged was Stephanie Ford, 25, and Christine Benedicto, 27. Ford was charged also charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. Benedicto faces charges of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. In all, police said they confiscated .314 ounces of cocaine.

Manlius Police gave this account of the incident: Around 2 a.m. July 11 police officers found a suspicious vehicle parked across the sidewalk with its drivers side door open in the driveway of 311 East Genesee St. Apt. 1 in the village of Fayetteville -- home of renters and roommates Ford, and Page's girlfriend Benedicto.

Officers said they observed a man and woman seated at a kitchen table inside Apt. 1 with an unknown white capsule that eventually tested positive for cocaine.

Page, a native of Toronto, Ontario and Ford were charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Ford was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Benedicto was arrested later that same morning in connection with contraband found during an apartment search. Benedicto, who was not home at the time of the incident, was charged following the investigation with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Page and Ford were released after posting cash bail in the amounts of $10,000 (Page) and $5,000 (Ford). Benedicto was released on her own recognizance.

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