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No less than 8 years in prison for Gering man convicted in drug bust

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48-year-old Brad Benavides was sentenced today to no less than 8 years, but no more than 15 years in prison for drug charges relating to a November drug bust.

Benavides was arrested in November, 2013 after a police issued a search warrant on his residence and discovered approximately 23 grams of individually bagged methamphetamine, and a "significant amount of cash". 

WING investigators obtained the search warrant for Benavides' home after he allegedly sold nearly 3.6 grams of meth to an informant.

Today in court, Chief Deputy County Attorney Scott Blaha asked the judge for a lengthy sentence for Benavides' crimes to show that district court deals with drug users "very sternly."

Blaha stated the lengthy sentence is warranted and necessary, as Benavides is "old enough to know better."

Blaha said Benavides should be held responsible for contributing to "one of the most destructive" parts of the community.

"Benavides was obviously in businesses, and business was good until we stopped it," Blaha said.

Judge Leo Dobrovolny agreed that the evidence pointed to signs of drug trafficking, and stated Benavides showed "no appearance of remorse."

Judge Dobrovolny sentenced Benavides to 8-15 years in prison, but stated Benavides will likely be released in 9 years due to mandatory Good Time.

Benavides also has a 114 day credit for time served.




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