Before Bridges, C.j., Payne, And Southwick, JJ.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Southwick, J., For The Court:
DATE OF JUDGMENT: 07/24/1997
TRIAL JUDGE: HON. JOHN M. MONTGOMERY
COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: CLAY COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: FORREST ALLGOOD
NATURE OF THE CASE: CRIMINAL - FELONY
TRIAL COURT DISPOSITION: CONVICTED OF SALE OF COCAINE; SENTENCED TO EIGHTEEN YEARS IN MDOC AND FINED $10,000
¶1. City Robinson was convicted of the sale of cocaine within fifteen hundred feet of a church. On appeal Robinson alleges defects in the chain of custody for the cocaine and improper prosecution comments during closing arguments. These issues lack merit and we therefore affirm.
¶2. On July 11, 1996, two confidential informants met with agents from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in order to prepare to make undercover drug purchases. While one agent equipped the informants' vehicle with video surveillance equipment and a transmitter, another agent searched the informants to ensure that they had no illegal drugs in their possession. Because they were making five drug purchases that day, the informants were given five numbered bags in which to place the drugs upon completion of each transaction. Once the preparations were complete, the informants drove to an area frequented by drug dealers.
¶3. At approximately 12:40 p.m., the informants purchased two rocks of crack cocaine from the appellant City Robinson for $40. Following completion of the sale, the informants gave a description of the dealer to the narcotics agents. They then placed the drugs in a numbered bag and turned it over to the agents. The agents viewed the videotaped drug purchases and identified the dealers, including Robinson.
¶4. After a jury trial, Robinson was found guilty of the sale of cocaine within fifteen hundred feet of a church. He was sentenced to eighteen years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and fined $10,000.