Trichell, Bedenbender plead to misdemeanor drug charges

Charles Trichell, and Charles Bedenbender, both of Grove, La., pled to misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, (marijuana), before District Judge Ron Kincannon on Tuesday.

The two were arrested on Nov. 23, when a Cimarron County Deputy, Chip Jones, stopped Trichell as he was driving his 1996 Chevrolet pickup in violation of seatbelt laws.

While ticketing Trichell, Jones detected the smell of alcohol, and received permission to search the vehicle. In the subsequent search, he found marijuana, an open container of alcohol, a controlled dangerous substance, (methamphetamine), drug paraphernalia and an unlawfully concealed weapon.

With the plea, the two Louisiana men received suspended sentences of one year, (with seven days already served in the Cimarron County Jail), fines and court costs.

The duo also forfeited a Smith &Wesson .44 caliber magnum pistol and $2,824 found in the vehicle.

By taking the plea, the two avoided the possibility of going to prison on the variety of felony charges.



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