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California man pleads guilty to possession of large amounts of drugs


Benjamin Bradley Cohen, 30, of California, pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 18 to two counts of possession of large amounts of illegal drugs.

Cohen was arrested Feb. 5, 2013 after a search of his vehicle by state troopers led to the discovery of 125 pounds of hydroponic marijuana and 82.6 grams of hashish. Cohen was pulled over for speeding on Hwy. 287 near New London Road. After Cohen gave conflicting story about his destination, K-9 handler Kirk Horton of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene. The dog, trained to detect drugs, alerted officers to the possibility of drugs hidden in the vehicle.

Cohen was sentenced by 97th District Judge Jack McGaughey to 10 years probation for possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 2, in an amount of more than 4 grams, less than 400 grams, and 10 years probation for possession of marijuana, more than 50 pounds, less than 2,000 pounds. Both charges are second-degree felonies. Cohen’s sentences will run concurrently. He is also required to pay $360 restitution.

Benjamin Joseph Mouton plead guilty to possession of marijuana, more than 2 ounces, less than 4 ounces, a class A misdemeanor, for a July 18 offense. Mouton was fined $4,000, sentenced to community supervision for one year and must pay $180 in restitution.


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