SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota jury has convicted a carnival worker from Texas accused of having crack cocaine shipped to him inside a doll last summer.
KELO-TV reports that jurors in Sioux Falls on Tuesday night convicted 55-year-old John Whitfield Jr., of Houston, of possessing drugs and paraphernalia and intending to distribute drugs. However, Judge Brad Zell reversed the conviction on the charge of intending to distribute drugs.
Whitfield oversaw children's rides at the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls. He was arrested Aug. 3 after authorities said they intercepted a package containing the doll stuffed with 37 grams of drugs worth more than $3,000 on the street. Police say they found more drug evidence in Whitfield's truck.
Whitfield's attorney unsuccessfully argued that her client never saw or possessed the package.
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