Delivery of Marijuana on School Campus

DAISETTA, May 5, 2014 - During the 32nd Annual Hull-Daisetta Mayhaw Festival, held in the City of Daisetta from Thursday 05/01/2014 through Saturday 05/03/2014, officers of the Daisetta Police Department as well as the Liberty County Pct #2 Constable's Office and Liberty County Pct #4 Constable's Office received information, on Saturday, which indicated that a carnival employee was allegedly selling illegal narcotics from his assigned station, the carousel, which was located at the southeast corner of the parking lot near the bus barn.

The carnival has always been positioned in the Hull-Daisetta High School parking lot, located at 117 North Main Street, in the City of Daisetta, Liberty County, Texas and the carnival itself is comprised of amusements designed mostly for high school aged and younger students, children as young as kindergarten and younger. State statutes provide enhanced punishments for offenders found in possession of illegal narcotics or distribution of illegal narcotics either on or within 1000 feet of a public school. In this particular instance, the illegal drugs were allegedly being sold directly from the school parking lot itself.

While both agencies are in charge of security for the entire event, they took the information and began conducting an investigation which included surveillance and creating photographic evidence of the events which ultimately led to the arrest of the carnival employee who was identified as being 36-year-old W/M Benjamin Ross Courtney of Houston, Harris County, Texas.

Courtney was charged with the offense of Delivery of Marijuana less than or equal to 1/4 ounce for Remuneration in a Drug Free Zone. The offense is a State Jail Felony.

Daisetta Police Officers Terry Cosgrove and Mike Leffew along with Liberty County Pct #2 Deputy Constable Chris Dryer effected the arrest at approximately 7:45 PM on Saturday 05/03/2014. Officers Cosgrove and Leffew transported Courtney to the Liberty County Jail where he he was released into the custody of jail staff for booking and where he remains incarcerated in lieu of a $10,000.00 bond.

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