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Sandersville man sentenced to 30 years on drug charges

A Sandersville man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base (crack).

Thirty-nine-year-old Antonio Tarver was found guilty by a jury back in April of one count of possession with intent to distribute crack and one count possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Middle District of Georgia.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper attempted to stop Tarver on Highway 24 in Eatonton July 3, 2013 for speeding. Tarver led the trooper on a chase instead of pulling over, the release states. Tarver eventually ran a red light and gained some distance from the trooper.

Tarver then made a quick turn into the industrial area of Horton Components behind a van trailer and abandoned his car. The trooper saw Tarver's abandoned car continue to move forward and crash into a pole. The trooper caught Tarver after a brief chase on foot, according to the release.

Hours later, a Horton Components employee called the Putnam County Sheriff's Office about a shopping bag he saw on the roof of the van trailer where Tarver abandoned his vehicle. Putnam County deputies found the bag, which the release states, contained 143.33 grams of cocaine base (crack) and 292.98 of cocaine.

Fingerprints were lifted and tested from the packages, and Tarver's left ring finger and right thumb print were confirmed on two of the bags. Tarver, at the time, was on supervised release following a 2006 plea to distribution of cocaine. The release was revoked as a result of the new sentence.

"With the sentencing of Mr. Tarver to federal prison, for the next 30 years, there will be one less drug distributor on the streets of Middle Georgia," Michael Moore, a U.S. Attorney, said in a statement. "Whether we get them as a group, or one by one, my office will work to make sure that we use the necessary resources to make sure that drug dealers are in prison, not in our neighborhoods."

The release states this case was investigated by the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and the Eatonton Police Department.


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