Jury clears Wisconsin man of cocaine charges

2013-08-21T15:55:00Z 2013-08-21T21:31:05Z Jury clears Wisconsin man of cocaine chargesBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
August 21, 2013 3:55 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | A jury deliberated for a half-hour Wednesday before finding a Wisconsin man not guilty on two felony counts of possessing a large quantity of cocaine.

Jorge Arenas-Osorio, 31, of Kenosha, was cleared of an A felony count of possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver and C felony possession of cocaine with a handgun, according to defense attorney Larry Rogers.

Arenas-Osorio was picked up May 3, 2010, east of Chesterton on the Indiana Toll Road, where a Lake County drug task force team reportedly found just more than 6½ pounds of cocaine and a handgun in the vehicle, Rogers said.

The defendant, who exercised his right not to testify during this week's trial, denied to police knowing anything about the cocaine, and police had no fingerprint or DNA evidence linking him to the drug, Rogers said.

While Arenas-Osorio owned the truck in question, it is used by others at his Kenosha auto repair shop, Rogers said.

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