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A father and son from Aberdeen were both arrested Tuesday on drug possession and illegal firearm possession charges.

Benjamin Eric Kegley, 47, of the first block of Rigdon Road, admitted to selling marijuana after an Aberdeen police detective came to the house Tuesday, according to the statement of charges.

"I have about a quarter pound of weed in the safe. I sell a little at a time," he said in the presence of the officer.

Kegley, who was found guilty of second-degree assault in 1999, is prohibited from having a firearm, but police found four guns and two rifles in the house. Kegley also admitted to having a handgun.

He was charged with us of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, possessing drugs with intent to distribute, possessing marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm with a felony conviction.

During a bail review hearing Wednesday, District Court Judge Mimi Cooper ordered him to be held on $50,000 bail.

Public defender Lynne McChrystal said he has three children, lives with his girlfriend and son and finished 11th grade at Bel Air High School. He is also on disability after doing forklift work and cooking at a sports bar, she said.

His son, Erick Kegley, 21, was also charged with being a participant in drug trafficking because of the proximity of his living area to his father's living area, according to the charging documents.

Erick Kegley was also charged with possessing a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, possessing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia.

He has no prior record and finished the 10th grade at Aberdeen High School, McChrystal said.

Cooper ordered him to be held on $25,000 bail.

Marijuana, money, weapons and drug paraphernalia were seized from the home.

Christopher K. Bennett, 19, who was also in the home, was also charged with possessing a firearm as a minor and possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance Tuesday.

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