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Texas Carnival Worker Found Guilty

January 14, 2014, 8:49 PM
Updated: January 15, 2014, 6:09 AM

Texas Carnival Worker Found Guilty
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A verdict has been reached in the trial of a Texas carnival worker accused of receiving a shipment of drugs while he was working at the Sioux Empire Fair.

Tuesday night, a Minnehaha County jury found John Whitfield Jr., 55, guilty of three charges: possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

However, Judge Brad Zell reversed the jury verdict and granted an acquittal on the possession with intent to distribute cocaine charge. So, Whitfield has been convicted of only two counts: cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Prosecutors said Whitfield had another carnival worker go to a Sioux Falls hotel back in August to pick up a shipment of crack cocaine that was hidden inside a doll.

The same type of doll was found in Whitfield's truck at the fairgrounds along with drug paraphernalia with cocaine residue.

Whitfield's attorneys said the shipment never made it to Whitfield at the fairgrounds and he never saw or physically possessed the package. 

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
The number of charges the jury found Whitfield guilty of was corrected.

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