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Tyshawn Benguche

Friday, July 19, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Tyshawn Maurice Benguche, 21, had also been charged with distribution of marijuana and distribution of marijuana near a school. Those two charges were dismissed through a plea agreement.

In summarizing the evidence against Benguche, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Deatherage said the drug transaction occurred on Dec.15, 2012, through a drug buy organized by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Undercover investigators arranged for a phone call to be made to Benguche asking him to sell marijuana to the caller, Deatherage said. Benguche told the caller to go to his mother's residence to get an ounce of marijuana for $130.

Benguche was not at his mother's home when the drug transaction was made, Deatherage said, which is why the two other charges were dismissed.

Benguche has two prior felony convictions, Deatherage said. One was a conviction for rape in February 2011.

Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II revoked Benguche's bond and sent him to jail until his sentencing hearing on Sept. 17.

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