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Connecticut Resident Sentenced To Jail For Possession Of One Pound Of Marijuana

CONTACT: Robert Menzel, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5511, (802) 828-5512

May 18, 2010

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell announced today that on May 17, 2010, Timothy Cook of Norwich, Connecticut was sentenced in Windsor District Court to fifty nine to sixty days of imprisonment as a result of his pleading guilty to one felony count of Possession of Marijuana. Cook also paid a $1,000.00 fine as part of the guilty plea.

According to affidavits filed with the Court, Cook encountered members of the United States Border Patrol at a temporary immigration checkpoint located on the southbound portion of I-91 in Windsor, Vermont. During the routine questioning at the checkpoint, the officers detected a smell of burnt marijuana inside the car, which was being operated by Cook. As a result of their observations, the officers conducted a K-9 search of Cook’s car. The K-9 alerted to the trunk of the car, where officers discovered approximately one pound of marijuana inside two garbage bags, in four separate packages. Cook subsequently confessed to the officers that he had purchased the marijuana in Vermont.

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