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DearCustomer- At this point you need to keep quiet and not make any statements to anyone. You should ask the court to appoint an attorney if you cannot afford one. When you go to court you should plead not guilty and allow your attorney to talk to the prosecutor and the judge to see what can be worked out. If this is your first offense I would imagine that the worst you would receive would be probation and a fine but I cannot predict the out come of any court case. Talking to cops is always a bad idea so do not make any statements to anyone but an attorney. I understand that what you said was that you had seen it before but cops tend to stretch the truth and it will be your word against theirs as to what you said.
In any event it is the government's duty to prove that the pipe was yours and your attorney can review all the facts and make certain your rights are protected and that you get out of this with the least possible damage.