Man With 17 “Priors” Gets 60 Years for DrugsJanuary 29th, 2009 by Joe Burgess
In Drew County Circuit Court Tuesday, Michael Anthony Green, age 41, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.
Authorities told MonticelloLive that Green had approximately 5.4 grams of crack cocaine in his possession, which is equivalent to 25-30 “rocks”, at the time of his arrest. Based on an estimated street value, that totals over $1,000. Some of the substance was in a candy dispenser, and the rest was in a bag in his shirt pocket.
In court, Green told the jury that he and a friend had paid $140 for the drugs, which is well below street value. Green was on parole from the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections at the time of his arrest.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Frank Spain told MonticelloLive that he was “very happy with the jury’s verdict, and with the sentence to the multi-habitual felon.”
According to sources, Green has been in and out of the judicial system since the 1980′s, and has an estimated 17 prior convictions.
Spain added that the sentence of 60 years, along withÂ the jury’s recommended fineÂ of $25,000, “should send a message to crack dealers.”
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