EF ‘artist’ pleads guilty to cocaine delivery.

June 17, 2019

Jeffrey Schnaus, left, and attorney Terry Nolan

EF ‘artist’ pleads guilty to cocaine delivery.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 37-year-old Atlanta, Georgia man who said he was an artist at the 2018 Electric Forest Festival will be sitting behind bars during this year’s festival after pleading guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, June 17, to delivery/manufacture of cocaine less than 50 grams.

Jeffrey Bernard Schnaus, of 1717 Wood Cliff Court, was arrested by the State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT) during the gigantic music festival held annually at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury.

Schnaus was also facing charges of delivery of delivery/manufacture of opium and delivery/manufacture ketamine, which were dismissed in a plea agreement.

The maximum penalty for a conviction of delivery/manufacture of cocaine less than 50 grams is 20 years in prison.

Schnaus’ plea agreement calls for a four-and-a-half month cap on his jail term, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

He testified Monday that he was arrested with a half ounce of cocaine, June 30, at EF.

“I was supposed to bring it back stage,” he told Judge Robert D. Springstead. “I’m an artist and had my art back there.”

He told Judge Springstead that he wasn’t going to sell the drugs, but planned to share it or give it to other people.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 26 at 9 a.m.

At his request, he began his jail sentence today.

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