Greensburg man admits to having, intending to share pot
By Mary Pickels
Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A Greensburg man pulled over for a traffic stop submitted a guilty plea on Wednesday to charges of drug possession and delivery in Fayette County.
Wesley Middleton, 35, formerly of Uniontown, could face up to six years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000.
Middleton entered a general plea, meaning there was no agreement on the terms of his sentence.
According to Assistant District Attorney Doug Sepic, tinted windows led state police to stop Middleton's vehicle on March 7, 2012.
A search of his vehicle turned up 35.8 grams of marijuana, Judge Nancy Vernon said on Wednesday.
Middleton was charged with possession with intent to deliver and possession.
Middleton, represented by Pittsburgh attorney Blaine Jones, had been scheduled for a nonjury trial, prior to deciding to enter a plea.
Questioned by Vernon, Middleton acknowledged that he had the marijuana in a backpack in his car when he was stopped.
“It was for my own personal use,” he said.
When Vernon explained that possession with intent to deliver could include intent to sell or to share, Middleton added that he intended “to share” the marijuana.
The possession with intent to deliver charge is a felony and carries a maximum fine of five years in jail and a potential fine of $15,000.
Possession is a misdemeanor carrying a potential one-year prison sentence and a possible $5,000 fine.
Police found a .40-caliber pistol and a loaded AK-47 rifle in Middleton's vehicle, Sepic said.
The pistol was not concealed and Middleton had the necessary permits, he said.
Middleton remains free on $10,000 bail. He will be sentenced before Vernon on July 29.
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