A Joplin man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in a drug trafficking case and will be sentenced in September.
Jose L. DeLeon, 33, pleaded guilty at a hearing this week in Jasper County Circuit Court to a charge of felony possession of cocaine.
A plea deal with the prosecutor’s office would limit the prison time he might be assessed to five years. He had been facing a charge of second-degree trafficking in drugs, which carries five to 15 years in prison.
Circuit Judge Gayle Crane delayed formal action on the plea bargain and ordered the completion of a sentencing-assessment report. She set DeLeon’s sentencing hearing for Sept. 24.
The Jasper County Drug Task Force stopped and arrested the defendant Aug. 31, 2011, after he was observed leaving a home for which task force members had obtained a search warrant, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
A search of his vehicle turned up a bag containing just more than 4 ounces of cocaine, the affidavit states.
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