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Mason City woman sentenced for marijuana

Authorities say 'a lot' of the drug was in her purse.

Posted: Sep 22, 2019 10:05 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa – A young woman accused of dealing marijuana pleads guilty to a lesser charge.

Brandi Joy Benson, 19 of Mason City, was arrested after a May 20 traffic stop in Mason City. An Iowa State Patrol trooper says “a lot” of marijuana was found in Benson’s purse and a large mason jar of the drug was found in her vehicle.

Benson was charged with possession with intent to distribute but has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana-2nd offense. She’s been sentenced to 14 days in jail, with work release, and two years of probation. Benson must also pay a $315 fine.

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