Woman convicted on drug possession charges

A Franklin woman was convicted of possession of marijuana and methamphetamine after a jury trial this week.

Brandy Cochran, 41, was convicted of both possession charges after a one-day trial in Johnson County Superior Court 3, presided over by judge Lance Hamner. 

She faces up to 2 1/2 years in prison on the methamphetamine charge. Possession of methamphetamine is a Level 6 felony. Possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor. Her sentencing is set for April.

Her charges stem from a July 2017 incident when Franklin police responded to the area behind the Walmart and Lowes on U.S. 31 in Franklin, according to a Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office news release.

Cochran was smoking a marijuana cigarette when police arrived and found a bag of methamphetamine in her bag, another bag of meth in her purse and meth in her vehicle, according to the news release.

The jury deliberated for just under 20 minutes before returning with guilty verdicts on both counts.

 “This case serves as yet another example that the good citizens of our county will not tolerate illegal drug use," Johnson County Prosecutor Joe Villanueva said. "Those who want to buy, sell or use drugs are advised to do it elsewhere or suffer a similar fate.”