BRISTOL - A city man pleaded guilty to a felony charge on Monday after he was found with enough marijuana last summer to lead investigators to suspect he was going to sell it.
Shawn Beland, 28, of 7 Andrews St., accepted a plea bargain in Bristol Superior Court that includes serving 18 months in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to sell during his hearing.
Beland was found at his home on Aug. 24 with 6.8 ounces of marijuana and $4,104, according to the police report. Multiple parole officers were asked by police to pay a home visit to Beland, as it was suspected that he may have been involved in an unrelated investigation.
According to online court records, Beland was arrested in August 2015 and later sentenced to just over two years in prison, followed by six years of special parole, having pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell.
During the home visit, multiple parole officers found the marijuana, cash and three 12-gauge shotgun shells in Beland’s home.
Beland told authorities he had just sold his motorcycle, which is why he had all the cash. On Monday, the cash was ordered to be returned to him, as it had been verified it was not attained through the drug trade.
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