ROCHESTER, Minn. – The fifth and final defendant in a day of drug busts in Rochester has pleaded guilty.
24-year-old Briante Cedric Banks of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, was arrested on July 14, 2015, after he was a passenger in a vehicle that tried to speed away from a drug buy conducted by Rochester police in the 1200 block of Broadway Avenue. Authorities say Banks left the vehicle, entered a residence and was found hiding in a closet.
He entered a guilty plea Wednesday to 4th degree burglary and fleeing a peace officer. Banks was given two years of supervised probation and ordered to pay a $700 fine or do 70 hours of community service.
The resolution of Bank’s case was repeatedly delayed because he failed to appear for numerous hearings.
Four other individuals arrested in two separate drug busts on the same day as Banks have already been sentenced.
- Dwayne Smith got seven years of probation for not using a drug tax stamp.
- Darnell McDaniels received 49 months in prison for 3rd degree sale of drugs.
- Anthony Mitchell was given 67 months behind bars for 2nd degree controlled substance crime
- Jemicia Mitchell was sentenced to 20 years of probation for 3rd degree sale of drugs.