Federal judge sentences Sandersville drug dealer to 30 years

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Sandersville man could spend the next three decades behind bars.

Antonio Donyal Tarver was sentenced Monday to 30 years imprisonment. A jury found Tarver guilty on April 8, 2015. He is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

“With the sentencing of Mr. Tarver to federal prison, for the next 30 years there will be one less drug distributor on the streets of Middle Georgia,”  said United States Attorney Michael Moore in a statement. “Whether we get them as a group, or one by one, my office will work to make sure that we use the necessary resources to make sure that drug dealers are in prison, not in our neighborhoods.”

According to investigators, Tarver refused to pull over during a traffic stop on July 3, 2013. A Georgia State Patrol Trooper attempted to stop Tarver on Highway 24 in Eatonton and he led the trooper on a chase.

“Tarver eventually ran a red light and gained some distance on the trooper,” according to a United States Department of Justice news release. “Tarver made an abrupt turn into the industrial area of Horton Components, where he turned behind a van trailer and abandoned his vehicle,”

The trooper spotted the abandoned car, but it crashed into a pole. Tarver was caught following a foot chase.

Tarver is accused of leaving behind a shopping bag on the roof of the van trailer filled with 143.33 grams of crack cocaine and 292.08 grams of cocaine, added the news release.

He was on a supervised release following his 2006 plea to Distribution of Cocaine Base in Middle District of Georgia at the time of the offense.

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