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Former Erie Football Star Pleads Guilty In Major Drug Case

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An Erie man plead guilty Monday, in one of the biggest drug busts in Erie's history.
It involved a former Erie football star.

Roosevelt Benjamin plead guilty Monday afternoon in an Erie county courtroom.
He remains free until his sentencing this summer, where he's facing a minimum of 4 years in jail.

37-year-old Benjamin plead guilty Monday to corrupt organization, delivery of a controlled substance - 449 pounds of marijuana, and possession with the intent to deliver.
He's facing 29-35 years in prison, but with this plea agreement made Monday, the Attorney General's office agreed to recommend a sentence of 4-8 years.
The charges stem from a several month-long investigation, where police seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana, worth $1.3 Million dollars on the streets.
The investigation involved the AG's Bureau of Narcotics, the FBI, Erie Police, and other police agencies.

Benjamin was a star football player at Erie's Central High School and Clarion University, as well as the city's indoor arena football team.

This case represents one of the largest drug seizures in Erie's history, and the AG's office says Monday's plea deal is fair, "It seems to be a fair resolution in light of some proof issues relative to the actual possession of the amounts involved," said Senior Deputy Attorney General Douglas Wright. "He certainly is exposing himself to a 4 to 8 years mandatory minimum which the commonwealth felt was a fair resolution to the matter," Wright added.

Police also seized Benjamin's Mercedes along with 4 other vehicles, including classic cars seized in the investigation. The AG's office is now going through the legal process of legally turning them over to the state.
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