Buckingham Man Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison for Marijuana Charge from June 2000
NORFOLK, Va. – James Benjiman Baynor, Jr., 61, of Buckingham, Va., was sentenced today to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. The conviction is based on Baynor’s indictment in June 2000.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Robert Brisolari, Acting Special Agent in Charge for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s Washington Field Division; and Col. K.L. Wright, Chesapeake Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.
Baynor pled guilty on Sept. 27, 2012. According to court documents, in June 2000, Baynor maintained a marijuana grow operation at his place of business on Queen City Road in Chesapeake, Virginia. Detectives served a search warrant and recovered 174 growing marijuana plants, 990 grams of cut marijuana, a small quantity of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia, including scales, hydroponic grow lights, electrical wires and numerous small film containers. Baynor fled the Tidewater area after learning of a federal indictment and was not located until July 2012, when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Buckingham County, Va. Initially Baynor provided the Buckingham County law enforcement officials with a false name, but their check with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) revealed Baynor’s true identity and located the arrest warrant that had outstanding since 2000.
This case was investigated by the DEA’s Washington Field Office and the Chesapeake Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Laura P. Tayman prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.