Calif. Councilman Admits To Drug Charge


RIVERBANK, Calif. (AP) — A Riverbank city official has avoided being forced out of office by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge, instead of a felony charge.

The Modesto Bee reports that 22-year-old Jesse James White pleaded guilty Friday to possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

After police said they found marijuana and cocaine in his home and marijuana in his vehicle, White was initially charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor drug counts.

Officials say if White had been convicted of a felony, he would have been forced to give up his position on the Riverbank City Council.

White is still facing a lawsuit on a separate issue that could still remove him from office. A civil suit claims that he failed to register to vote before he ran for the council seat.

Riverbank is a city of about 22,000, about 32 miles south of Stockton.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • david

    he should do the honorable thing and resign. it is extremely difficult if not impossible to find honorable individuals these days.

  • Mwlliw

    How can we continue to elect people when we have no concept of what they really are.

  • James

    Electing a 22 year shows how stupid the residents of Riverbank are. As a former resident and high school graduate(of Riverbank High School), I’m not surprised. Might i also add that Riverbank High also at my time of attending the one of the highest drop out rates in the area.

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  • todd

    what an idiot…

  • barry O.

    When your parents name you Jesse James…….your destiny is pretty much written……………………”Loser”

  • GilCidelloMustGo

    There should be mandatory drug testing for all that run for or are currently in public office.
    The last thing we need is drug addicts making decisions that affect us all.

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