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Badge and Bar: Drug-trafficking case underway in Superior Court
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Garrick Tywee Hunter

The trial of a Flowery Branch man accused of trafficking methamphetamine began Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

Keith Gregory Bennett, 29, was indicted in January for trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, two counts of violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bennett was arrested at Dorsey Circle in Gainesville on Oct. 17, 2012, after an investigation by the Multi Agency Narcotics Squad.

Kenny Choe Pogue, 28, of Dawsonville, also was charged.

Pogue was arrested on drug charges again in March, accused of having $9,300 worth of methamphetamine in his possession, along with $6,000 in cash and a concealed collapsible baton.

He pleaded guilty in June and was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 15 years’ probation. He was ordered to pay a $525,050 fine.

Pogue was called to testify by the prosecution. A note in his plea deal urged the Department of Corrections to be aware of “threats on his life.”

Court records listed Bennett as a member of the “Ghost Face Gangster Gang.”

The state will continue presentation of evidence today.

Jury acquits on some drug charges

A second drug case saw a Hall jury this week.

Garrick Tywee Hunter was found not guilty of possession of cocaine and guilty of misdemeanor possession of marijuana Tuesday in Superior Court.

Hunter was indicted in July 2012 for the accused March 16 crimes.

The jury was split eight to four on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Hunter’s lawyer, Senior Public Defender Larry Duttweiler, said he anticipates that charge will be dropped.
Hunter has not been sentenced on the marijuana charge.

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