Former Mississippi man sentenced in drug case

By The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 32-year-old Anchorage man convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine has been sentenced 12 years and six months in prison.

Dolphus Tarvares Griffin was one of five people originally from Grenada, Miss., prosecuted for drug trafficking offenses in Anchorage.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin White says Griffin and a co-defendant, David Tidwell, distributed more than 284 grams of crack last year.

Griffin was arrested Dec. 15. Prosecutors say he was in a vehicle with another defendant who tossed out an 8.3-gram bundle of crack cocaine.

A search warrant at the other defendant’s home recovered more than $20,000, more than 300 grams of cocaine and two handguns.

Prosecutors say Griffin has a long history involving drugs and guns, including a four-year sentence in 1998 for distributing crack in Mississippi.