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Miner man is given jailtime

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Miner resident will spend more than six years in prison on a felony drug charge.

Travis S. Boddie, 25, was sentenced to 78 months in prison on one felony count of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute in U.S. District Court Monday. Upon release from prison, Boddie will be placed on supervised release for four years.

With his plea, Boddie admitted that on or about Feb. 25, a search warrant was served at his Miner residence. As a result of the search, 19.1 grams of a substance containing cocaine base (also referred to as "crack") was seized from the residence.

Boddie voluntarily showed the law enforcement officers where the cocaine base was located and admitted that he possessed the cocaine base with the intent to distribute.

Two other men were sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday in connection with felony drug cases.

Sheldon Benjamin, 29, of South Carolina was sentenced to 46 months in prison on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Upon release from prison, Benjamin will be placed on supervised release for three years.

Previously with his plea, Benjamin admitted that in early February 2004 he agreed to drive a truck out of Texas. Traveling from his home in South Carolina to a loading dock in Pharr, Texas, Benjamin was told he was transporting a load of watermelon and was not allowed to inspect the load, which was secured with a padlock on the door. When Benjamin stopped at a truck stop to refuel, a Hispanic male the defendant did not know got in the truck with him for the remainder of the drive. While Benjamin was at another truck stop, he thought about walking away from the truck, he said, noting when he was interviewed for the particular trucking job he was informed he would make a lot of money.

On Feb. 8, 2004, while attempting to drive through the north weigh station in Pemiscot County, the truck was stopped for various violations. Following a routine inspection, a highway patrolman asked for permission to search the vehicle, initially the men agreed to the search then later revoked consent. Informed they were free to leave, the Hispanic male left on foot and Benjamin left the keys in the ignition and also walked away from the scene.

The tractor-trailer was search and 63 bundles of marijuana were located under rotting watermelons and pineapples which were in cardboard bins. A total of 800.7 kilograms of marijuana was seized.

An officer with the Drug Enforcement Agency testified the marijuana was packaged and the quantity of the marijuana was consistent with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Also he stated the street value of the marijuana was approximately $1.75 million.

Benjamin was found a short distance from the weigh station and arrested.

Lewis C. Curry, 37, of Cape Girardeau was sentenced to 100 months in prison on one felony count of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute. Upon release from prison, he will be on supervised release for four years.

Perviously Curry admitted that on or about Dec. 30, he was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by law enforcement officers in New Madrid County. Six grams of cocaine base, also referred to as "crack," was seized.

Curry later admitted the cocaine base belonged to him and he had intended to distribute the cocaine base to others.