Jury sentences man to 13 years in ADC for drug charges

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    TERRICA HENDRIX
    Reporter
    NASHVILLE – A
    jury found an Umpire
    man guilty of four drug
    charges and sentenced
    him to 13 years in prison.
    On Tuesday, a Howard
    County jury found
    Gary Brian Cogburn,
    39, guilty of the following
    charges in less than 40 minutes:
    Count 1: Manufacturing of marijuana
    – one year in the Arkansas Department
    of Correction with a $3,000 fine;
    Count 2: Possession of a controlled
    substance (marijuana) – one year in ADC
    with a $3,000 fine;
    Count 3: Possession of drug paraphernalia
    – one year in ADC with a $3,000 fine;
    Count 4: Simultaneous possession of
    drugs and firearms – 10 years in ADC and
    no fine.
    The sentence is to be served consecutively
    and Cogburn was given credit for 12
    days of jail time served.
    According to a press release issued by
    Sheriff Bryan McJunkins, stated that Cogburn
    was arrested on April 16, at his home
    in Umpire. “The Arkansas State Police, the
    South Central Drug Task Force, and the
    Howard County Sheriff’s Office executed a
    search warrant at Cogburn’s home where
    they seized over 50 marijuana plants.
    There were approximately 30 plants growing
    inside the home in containers with
    ‘grow’ lights over the plants. This is what
    law enforcement refers to as an ‘indoor
    grow.’ Soil, fertilizer, containers, water,
    and lights were being used to produce
    the marijuana from seeds. Officers found
    approximately 20 more plants growing
    outside of the house. Also seized were
    approximately four pounds of processed
    marijuana in plastic zip-lock bags and
    trash bags; along with two sets of scales
    used to measure/weigh drugs, and several
    firearms, (both long guns and handguns).
    Typically these plants are capable of
    producing approximately one pound of
    processed marijuana per plant.”
    Jason Barrett, a central Arkansas attorney,
    represented the State of Arkansas as
    a special prosecutor in this case. Cogburn
    was represented by Texarkana-based
    attorney Jeff Harrelson. The Honorable
    Charles A. Yeargan presided over the trial.