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Convicted Crack Dealer Sentenced to Prison
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A "major crack dealer" who pleaded guilty in two cases Wednesday will serve at least 20 years in prison, the Houston County District Attorney says.

A news release says 28-year-old Thomas Taylor pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine in connection with one case and guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a crime in a second.

Judge Katherine K. Lumsden last week sentenced Taylor to 45 years, with at least 20 of those in prison, according to the officer of District Attorney George Hartwig.

Taylor was also fined $200,000.

According to the news release, Warner Robins police arrested Taylor May 12 while executing a search warrant at 102 Madrid St., Apartment 2. Police seized more than 62 grams of cocaine -- 28 slabs of crack on the kitchen stove beside a digital scale, and eighteen labs of crack beneath a couch in a common room, according to the release.

The DA says Taylor was also arrested on Sept. 1, 2009 at 406 North Fifth St. Taylor confessed that a .38-caliber revolver, found near a box containing 22 pieces of crack and cash, was his. Taylor also had $2460 on him when arrested, the DA said.

After being released from prison, Hartwig's office says, Taylor will be prohibited from possessing surveillance equipment and firearms, and will be subject to drug testing, treatment, and warrantless searches.

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