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Possessing pot nets a pair of guilty pleas; one is an Aurora woman

by DAVE O'BRIEN | RECORD-COURIER REPORTER Published: March 8, 2017 1:00 AM
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RAVENNA -- Two people -- one from Aurora -- caught in September 2016 illegally possessing methamphetamine and illegally growing marijuana at a Franklin Township residence and in the presence of children have pleaded guilty to felony charges in Portage County Common Pleas Court.

Donald L. Ross, 36, of Ravenna Road pleaded guilty Feb. 22 to two counts of endangering children and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, all third-degree felonies, and one count of cultivation of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony with a specification.

Amaryah L. Benjamin, 26, of East Mennonite Road, Aurora, pleaded guilty Feb. 22 to two counts of attempted child endangering, both fourth-degree felonies. Judge Becky Doherty ordered her interviewed for court-ordered drug treatment in lieu of a felony conviction.

Doherty ordered Ross to be interviewed for placement in the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program, a substance abuse treatment facility for convicted felons. He also will forfeit $350 in illegal drug profits to the Portage County Drug Task Force.

If approved, Benjamin may be ordered to receive up to a year of substance abuse treatment to be monitored by probation officials. If she successfully completes such a program, her felony convictions may be vacated by the court.

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According to their joint indictment, on Sept. 29, 2016, Benjamin and Ross allegedly possessed, with the intent to sell, between 200 and 1,000 grams of marijuana on Ravenna Road. The crime occurred in the vicinity of two juveniles, one age 2 and another aged 2 months, according to their indictment.

They also allegedly possessed grow lights, growing pots, chemicals, a vacuum sealer and baggies used in the commission of felony drug offenses.

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