US high court won't hear Miss. drug case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from convicted Mississippi convicted drug dealer Lorenzo Tarver.

The court issued the order Tuesday.

Tarver was sentenced in 2006 in Leflore County to 60 years for possession of more than 81 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute. The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in 2009.

Greenwood police seized the pot while executing a search warrant at a home in 2004.

Under state law, the maximum penalty for possession of more than a kilogram of marijuana is 30 years in prison. A kilogram is 2.2 pounds.

The trial judge doubled the maximum sentence of 30 years because Tarver’s house was within 1,500 feet of a day care center.

The Associated Press

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