Jackson man sentenced for drug charges

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A Jackson man is going to prison for possession of drugs.

Attorney General Jim Hood said 41-year-old Kenneth Keith Beal pleaded guilty Monday to one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of cocaine.

He was arrested in September 2013 after law enforcement officers found pot and crack cocaine rocks in his room.

A judge sentenced him to serve six years in prison for possessing marijuana with one of those years suspended, leaving five years to serve. Beal must also serve 15 years in prison for possessing cocaine with ten of those years suspended and five years to serve.

The sentences are to run concurrently. Additionally, Beal was sentenced to three years of post-release supervision and was ordered to seek mandatory alcohol and drug treatment.

“Our responsibility as law enforcement officials is to ensure that our communities are safe,” Attorney General Jim Hood said. “I appreciate the Jackson Police Department’s efforts in this case to take a drug offender off the streets and take another step toward improving the quality of life for our citizens. The arrest, prosecution and sentencing of this individual is another good example of how we can work collaboratively to get positive results for Mississippi.”

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