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Pike County men charged with selling more than a ton of marijuana

Two men conspired to sell more than a ton of marijuana in two years in Pike County, a federal grand jury has charged.

An indictment filed Thursday charged Jeremy Stewart and John H. Bentley with conspiracy to sell marijuana, conspiracy to transport drug money across state lines, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute it.

Stewart took $283,210 from Eastern Kentucky to Texas in August 2008 to buy marijuana, the indictment charged.

The conspiracy lasted from January 2007 to December 2008 and grossed $1 million, the indictment alleges.

The indictment includes a request for a money judgment against the two for that much, plus forfeiture of a 2006 Mustang, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, a personal watercraft, a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle and 10 guns.

Stewart and Bentley, both of Jenkins, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.