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NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court last week, JOSEPH CORNELIUS HARGETT, 40, of Trenton, entered a guilty plea to felony charges arising out of his possession of marijuana. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins.

On June 24, 2016, the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency, aided by local officers, were conducting a traffic checkpoint in Craven County. Hargett, the sole occupant of his vehicle, tried to avoid the checking station, and officers then pursued him. When he was stopped, officers noted a strong smell of marijuana in his car, and he turned over a small amount of marijuana at that time. After getting him out of the car, agents found more than 13 ounces of marijuana in the car, along with more than $ 2800 in cash.


Hargett pled guilty to Felony Possession of Marijuana, and Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances. Based upon his prior extensive criminal record, he was also found to be an habitual felon for sentencing purposes. Judge Willey sentenced Hargett to a prison term of 35 to 54 months, and ordered that the cash recovered from Hargett be forfeited for the use of the Craven County Schools, as provided by law.

NOTE: Under North Carolina Structured Sentencing law, a convicted criminal defendant must serve all of the minimum active sentence and may be required to serve up to the maximum sentence. Upon release at the conclusion of the prison sentence, a nine to twelve month period of post-release supervision by a probation officer is required.