Last Modified: Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:04 PM
By Johnathan Manning / American Press
A Texas man arrested last year, a month after being found not guilty of drug charges, was found guilty on the new charges Thursday in state district court.
A jury voted 10-2 to find Glenn Von Ross, 52, guilty of cocaine possession between 28 and 200 grams and methylone (a type of bath salt) possession with intent to distribute.
On June 12, 2013, Ross was found not guilty of cocaine distribution. He was arrested on July 17, 2013 on the new charges.
The jury deliberated two hours Thursday before ending the one-day trial with the guilty verdicts. Defense attorney Jacob Richard asked Judge David Ritchie to poll the jury. There was some confusion when the poll cards showed only nine guilty votes on the methylone possession — Louisiana requires 10 votes for a guilty verdict — but one of the jurors said he filled out his card incorrectly.
When Ross is sentenced Aug. 29 he faces between five to 30 years on both charges. However, he may face a life sentence because prosecutor Brett Gaspard said the state intends to file a habitual offender bill. Ross has a previous cocaine conviction, a firearm conviction and another felony conviction, in Texas, Gaspard said.
Law enforcement responding to a shots-fired call on Boston Street stopped a car in which Ross was a passenger, officers testified. A band-aid box containing drugs was found in a backpack.
Clear plastic bags containing what appeared to be drugs and unmarked capsules were found, said Detective Jeremy Nunez, a Calcasieu Sheriff's officer and a member of the Combined Anti-Drug Taskforce. Some of the capsules were filled and some were empty, he said.
Bags of off-white substance weighed 8.3 grams, 7.6 grams and 27.6 grams, Tracy LeGros, director of the Southwest Louisiana Crime Lab, said. There were also 71 capsules containing a white powder substance, she said.
The substances tested positive for cocaine, crack cocaine and the capsules tested positive for methylone, a type of bath salt, Ida Benoit, also with the crime lab, said.
LeGros and Benoit testified over Skype. The audio transmitted in real time, but the video at times lagged nearly 2 minutes behind. Defense attorney Jacob Richard objected to the use of the video because of the lag.