Pleads Guilty To Bond County Drug Charges

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An East St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to two drug-related offenses that occurred in a hemp field in Bond County.

Monte Bownes, age 26, admitted to unlawful possession of 50 to 200 cannabis sativa plants and the theft of the plants, which had a value of between $500 and $10,000. Both are felony offenses.

Bownes was sentenced to 30 months’ probation and 60 days in the county jail, with credit for time served.

According to State’s Attorney Dora Mann, the incidents occurred October 8 at an industrial hemp field in the County.

As part of the plea agreement, the state’s attorney dismissed a Class X charge against Bownes for unlawful possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver and a charge of felony criminal damage to property.

The defendant must pay fines and court costs totaling $7,350, including restitution of $3,750.

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