Benjamin L. Cartwright II pleads not guilty to drugs, weapons possession


By Nick Walton - [email protected]



A man who was indicted earlier this month for multiple drug and weapon possession charges pleaded not guilty Monday during an arraignment hearing.

Benjamin L. Cartwright II, 39, pleaded not guilty to one count each of having weapons while under disability with a specification for forfeiture of a weapon, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle with a specification for forfeiture of a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon with a specification for forfeiture of a weapon, possession of cocaine with a firearm specification and specification for forfeiture of property, aggravated possession of drugs with a firearm specification and specification for forfeiture of property, possession of drugs with a specification for forfeiture of property, possession of marijuana and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia with a specification for forfeiture of property.

The charges against Cartwright stem from a Feb. 8 incident where law enforcement officers were attempting to locate Cartwright to check on his well-being after it was reported he was upset and may be armed with a handgun and was driving with a suspended license. Police were also aware of a warrant out of the Clark County Common Pleas Court for a failure to appear charge.

Urbana Police spotted and stopped a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier Cartwright was driving in the 200 block of Miami Street. While taking him into custody, police recovered illegal drugs, including suspected cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription medications, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash.

Police also recovered a handgun under the driver’s seat of the vehicle as well as additional drugs and drug paraphernalia.

A case scheduling conference is scheduled for March 20.

According to the Logan County Clerk of Court’s website, Cartwright was indicted last November for possession of a controlled substance analog, carrying a concealed weapon with a specification, possession of LSD and illegal conveyance of drugs onto grounds of a detention facility.

The website states a bond hearing in the Logan County case is scheduled for March 20.

By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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