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January 24, 2013

Drug dealer gets 20 years

Judge says there’s no chance for probabtion

PERRY — A Moultrie man with a criminal history that includes drug convictions in state and federal jurisdictions has been sentenced in Houston County to a 20-year prison sentence on a cocaine-trafficking conviction.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Lumsden imposed the 20-year sentence without the possibility of parole based on his prior criminal record.

Anderson, 38, was transporting more than 200 grams of cocaine to Moultrie on Aug. 11, 2008, when the car he was riding in was stopped in Byron, said Daryl Manns, a Houston county assistant district attorney who was one of the courtroom prosecutors in the case. The traffic stop was made by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office a short time after Anderson picked up the cocaine at a restaurant.

An officer initially pulled the woman driving the car over because the car had a tinted tag cover.

“He happened to pull into a McDonald’s in Byron and got stopped,” Manns said. “Her (driver’s) sister brought the drugs to them in Houston County. They met at McDonald’s.”

After the driver got out to talk with police, Anderson put the drugs in her purse, Manns said.

The pair told law enforcement that they had dropped off the woman’s niece and was picking up a Hanna Montana doll for the driver’s granddaughter.  The woman later said that that story was false and that her sister had passed the cocaine to Anderson in Byron.

In addition to serving 20 years behind bars, Anderson was ordered to serve an additional 20 years on probation, including intensive probation that will require wearing an electronic monitoring device, fined $300,000 and ordered to perform community service work, Manns said.

In 2000 Anderson and seven others were arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and was accused of being part of a drug ring. He pleaded guilty in that case and served a 60-month federal sentence.

Anderson also served a little more than eight months beginning in June 1997 on convictions of possession of cocaine and possession of opiates.

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