Carlton Jawaune Benjamin, 49, of Belle Glade, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender, to 15 years in prison, for Trafficking in Cocaine – (28 Grams or More). He was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and had his driver’s license suspended for 6 months. He was given credit for time served for one count of Possession of Paraphernalia. The defendant was found guilty at trial in December.
On June 18, 2020, a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, pulled over a vehicle when he saw the front seat passenger, later identified as the defendant, was not wearing a seat belt. The deputy smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle and asked the occupants to exit the vehicle. While searching the defendant, a razor blade was found in his pocket with a white residue that tested positive for cocaine.
There was a brown bag on the floor in front of the defendant containing 8 small plastic bags filled with cocaine and a black beanie. Inside the beanie, were 4 more small plastic bags of cocaine.
The defendant had a bag in the trunk which contained $3,000 in cash and a digital scale with cocaine residue. Benjamin admitted that the bag belonged to him and was arrested.
Assistant State Attorney Caitlin Sorenson prosecuted the case.
Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office