Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Drug Dealer Given 15-Year Prison Term

A convicted drug dealer will begin serving a 15-year prison term next month, after accepting a plea agreement in Putnam County Criminal Court this week. Officials say 24-year-old William Joseph Givens of Carthage pleaded guilty to possessing more than half a pound of cocaine for re-sale. He must also pay a two thousand dollar fine as part of the agreement, but the prison term will run concurrently with one he will be serving on drug charges out of Smith County. Givens was already on probation on a drug-related offense when he was arrested by the highway patrol after a traffic stop on Willow Avenue. The initial purpose of the stop was a window tint violation, and Givens' lawyer had argued that the search which turned up the cocaine was illegal. But a court ruled otherwise.