• Man gets probation for drug conspiracy
    September 03,2014
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    Probation granted

    in drug conspiracy

    BENNINGTON — A local man received a probationary sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty to being part of a conspiracy to sell cocaine.

    Steven L. Barber, 59, of Bennington, pleaded guilty to the felony charge in Bennington criminal court as part of a plea agreement in which the state agreed to dismiss a misdemeanor charge that Barber possessed a depressant drug.

    Barber was sentenced to serve one to three years, but all of that time was suspended and he was placed on probation. As part of the sentence, Barber will have to submit to screening and possibly treatment for drug addiction.

    Barber was arraigned April 1 as co-defendant with Tina M. Fox, 42, of Bennington. The charges against Fox are pending.

    Police said they received information March 26 from a 54-year-old woman saying that she had smoked crack March 24 with Barber in his home and attempted to buy crack from Fox on March 25.

    Police were granted a search warrant, which was executed March 31.

    According to police, 7 grams of marijuana and six counterfeit $5 bills were found when the Maple Street home was searched.
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