- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal appeals court has rejected arguments from a Mississippi man that his 20-year sentence for drug-trafficking was too harsh.

Christopher Carl Brown argued to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans that a Mississippi judge erroneously determined he was the leader of the drug ring and gave him a longer sentence for it.

A three-judge appeals court panel says Brown’s actions went beyond those of a mere “meth cook.”

The panel, in Monday’s ruling, says prosecutors showed Brown recruited and organized others for the purpose of securing pseudoephedrine and other precursor materials, he determined the form and amount of payment for those materials and he secured locations to cook the methamphetamine.

Brown was convicted and sentenced in U.S. District Court in Gulfport in 2013.

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