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May 7, 2014

Feds: Sixteen years for crack cocaine

VALDOSTA — A Valdosta man was sentenced this week to federal prison on a crack cocaine charge, according to the U.S. Attorney Middle District of Georgia’s office Tuesday.

Senior U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Wesley “Westside” White, 39, of Valdosta Monday to 16 years for possession with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

White had entered a guilty plea to the crack charge in January. The plea stemmed from a June 3, 2013, search warrant served at a Hollywood Street residence by Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Operations Division.

The warrant resulted from a lengthy investigation, according to the sheriff’s office in June. The U.S. Attorney’s office lists the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Southwest Georgia Gang Task Force, Valdosta Police Department, Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office, Moultrie Police Department and the Thomasville Police Department as participating in the case.

During the search, Lowndes sheriff’s deputies seized 303 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $30,300, and approximately 437 grams of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $4,300, according to Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office reports in June.

“Every time we are able to get a drug dealer off our streets, it is proof that the cooperation between local and federal law-enforcement agencies is working,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore. “With this lengthy sentence, we can take some comfort in knowing that at least one source of crack cocaine will be dried up for a very long time.”

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