Curtis Jamain Jones got the maximum sentence possible Thursday after a jury found him guilty of trafficking $168,000 worth of cocaine.
Jones, 33, was convicted of trafficking cocaine, using a communication facility to commit a felony and a misdemeanor obstruction charge at the end of his three-day trial. Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Robert Johnston III then sentenced him as a repeat offender to 36 years in prison, a sentence Assistant District Attorney Michael Craig said must be served in full.
Jurors found Jones not guilty of a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, because his co-defendant claimed those drugs.
"I feel relieved that we've helped clean the streets of a significant drug dealer, and we're going to just keep fighting the war on drugs one battle at a time," Craig said.
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Jones was accused of trafficking six ounces of cocaine March 22, 2007. A confidential informant working with the Metro Narcotics Drug Task Force arranged to meet Jones at a Forrest Road car wash near a strip mall. Jones and co-defendant Timothy Youson, 30, arrived at the arranged time. Youson walked into a barber shop. Jones headed toward the informant.
Craig argued to jurors that the case against Jones had no missing pieces. The informant made a recorded call to Jones and arranged to buy six ounces of cocaine in one hour at the car wash, he said. At that time, Jones arrived at the Forrest Road business and talked to the informant before he was arrested.