Conspiracy charge says man delivered pounds of marijuana in Raleigh

From staff reportsFebruary 17, 2014 

— Narcotics detectives Sunday lodged a conspiracy charge against a man they said had delivered several pounds of marijuana to a Raleigh man they arrested Saturday.

Keith Butler, 37, of 3908 Hairsnipe Court in Raleigh was taken into custody at a shopping center on Cross Link Road Sunday night, an arrest report shows.

An arrest warrant charged him with conspiracy to traffic in marijuana and said he had delivered between 10 and 50 pounds of the drug to Julian Arnett Cooper, 36, of 2900 Friar Tuck Road.

Investigators arrested Cooper Saturday, seized the marijuana, charged him with trafficking in it and accused him of cocaine possession.

An arrest warrant for Cooper had listed “persons unknown” as conspirators.

Butler was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail and was scheduled for a court appearance Monday, as was Cooper, who was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Butler was convicted in 1998 of two counts of cocaine trafficking after Raleigh police found the drug in a taxi cab in which he had been a passenger.

That case went to the State Supreme Court after an appeals court upheld the conviction and rebuffed Butler’s claim that police could not show that the cocaine had been his.

In 2002, the Supreme Court rejected the argument, too.

Butler served consecutive terms and was released from prison in January 2004.

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