- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has upheld the January 2013 conviction and sentence of Alphonzo Garth.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1eNGfHI ) Garth was convicted in Clay County of the possession of more than 30 grams of cocaine and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He appealed, arguing the drugs were found after an illegal search.

According to testimony, West Point police were looking for a suspect and found Garth with an open container. Garth struggled with an officer and threw a clear plastic bag containing something white. A drug dog later located cocaine inside the car.

The Appeals Court said Tuesday there was probable cause and the search was legal.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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