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Ramsey Orta, who shot video of Eric Garner's chokehold death, is arrested

Ramsey Orta was charged with selling Molly on the Lower East Side.

Ramsey Orta (R)Reuters; YouTube (inset)

Ramsey Orta, the Staten Island man whose video of Eric Garner in a fatal police chokehold helped spark international outrage, has been arrested for allegedly selling the party drug Molly.

Molly, also called MDMA, is similar to the euphoria-inducing drug, ecstasy.

Orta's bail was set at $7,500 cash in court Wednesday where he was arraigned on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

ABC7 reports that sources said the value of the Molly he was caught selling at the Baruch Houses, a public housing development on Manhattan's Lower East Side, was $40.

Orta denies the charges and his lawyer says the arrest is harassment and retaliation for the Garner video. He has a long rap sheet -- more than two dozen arrests -- and huge legal bills; a GoFundMe.com pagehas raised $55,000 for him.

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter:@nyc_oz.

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