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2 men plead guilty to illegally selling marijuana out of Sussex County store

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – Two men have pleaded guilty to charges of illegally selling marijuana out of their Sussex County store, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.

Scott Begraft, 51, and Henry Shubert, 53, both of Lafayette Township pled guilty on Oct. 12 to second-degree possession of more than 5 pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute that marijuana, third-degree criminal facilitation/money laundering, and third-degree unlawful possession of a rifle, Taggart said.

Begraft and Shubert admitted to possessing more than 5 pounds, but less than 25 pounds, of marijuana with the intent to distribute that marijuana on or about Dec. 15, 2022, in connection with their owning and/or operating the Canna Campus store in Sparta Township and they further admitted to selling marijuana illegally out of the store. Taggart said.

Both also admitted to possessing and transporting the illegal cash proceeds from those marijuana sales and they admitted to possessing rifles in violation of our state’s firearms laws, Taggart said.

These incidents also occurred at their residence in Lafayette Township, Taggart said.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 7.

Begraft was represented by George T. Daggett, Esq., and Shubert was represented by Matthew Young, Esq. The State was represented by Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Assistant Prosecutor Jerome P. Neidhardt and Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Assistant Prosecutor Jonathan E. McMeen.

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