Jonathan Green willingly told law enforcement he sells cocaine.
“I know why you are here,” Green said, when officers showed up at his home in December. “I don’t have a job, and I’m selling drugs because I don’t have much money.
After about 30 minutes of deliberation, a jury found Green guilty Tuesday of possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Green was sentenced to 22 months in prison.
Assistant State Attorney Nicole Donnell told jurors that law enforcement learned illegal drugs were being sold at Green’s house, which sits about 15 feet from a church.
Green told officers he was selling cocaine from the home and that everything he used was in plain view. Upon executing the search warrant, law enforcement located multiple bags containing cocaine, cutting agents, and digital scales.
At trial Tuesday, the defense argued there was no evidence suggesting Green owned the home that neighbored church property or that he sold drugs, as no one witnessed a transaction.
Donnell reminded jurors that the state does not have to prove if Green owned the home or was even renting – just that he was selling drugs.
“You didn’t need to see a transaction to know he sold drugs. He told us that he did,” Donnell said. “And there are photos of it. There’s bags, scales, the cutting agents – that’s all indicative of an intent to sell.”