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Fined $100k for Transporting Drugs, Benton Sentenced 20 Years

Douglas County Chief Superior Court Judge Robert J. James imposed Frankie Leshawn Benton’s 20-year sentence after the defendant was found guilty of Trafficking in Marijuana in a bench trial.

A 38-year-old Snellville woman caught transporting approximately 20 pounds of marijuana along I-20 last February was sentenced to 20 years and fined $100,000 dollars following her conviction last week, according to Douglas County District Attorney David McDade.

Chief Superior Court Judge Robert J. James imposed Frankie Leshawn Benton’s 20-year sentence after the defendant was found guilty of Trafficking in Marijuana in a bench trial. Benton is required to serve the first seven years of her 20-year sentence in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Tom Kegley pointed out at trial that the drug discovery was made during a traffic stop on February 1, 2012, near the Post Road exit. Felony Interception and Narcotic Detection Unit (FIND) Officer Adam Haney told the court he initially pulled the defendant over for following too closely. During Haney’s initial conversation with Benton, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer’s suspicions were confirmed moments later when a police canine alerted to drugs being present in the defendant’s Dodge SUV.

Instead of cooperating with the search, Benton locked all four doors and stuffed the key inside her shirt. Once all the doors were unlocked with a slim jim, officers found a cardboard box containing the marijuana. Benton admitted afterwards she was being paid $500 to transport the large amount of marijuana from DeKalb County to Villa Rica.

Tammy jones December 25, 2012 at 09:18 AM
Damn I know her. This is so sad!
Julie Camp December 25, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Glad another criminal is off Douglas County roads!
frankiesupportteam December 28, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Yes it is sad I know her she's a good person. Never judge people just because you go to jail doesn't make u a criminal .... Take care Frankie I will be praying for you and your family..
Marsi Thrash December 29, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Yet again we are wasting so much money locking up someone society is mad at vs. afraid of.
QT April 05, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Yeah Frankie def. is a good person..know her personally. You & yours will always be in my prayers.. plus Douglas Co. Full of it. Didn't even really have a reason to pull her over. Other than being black!! WTH
Marlene Cabrera February 19, 2014 at 07:11 PM
Franki is my childhood friend and she has the biggest heart and the best dam southern home cooking! Society is quick to judge (criminal) without knowing facts and situations. I'm not condoling what she was accused of but on her behave everyone makes mistakes. Love ya franki!!!

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