Jackson drug dealer gets 40 years
A Jackson resident considered to be one of Hinds County’s most notorious drug suspects has been sentenced to 40 years in prison, state officials announced today.
Edward Lynn Stapleton, 30, pleaded guilty on Monday to possession of the drug ecstasy with intent to distribute. Stapleton received a 30-year sentence, plus a penalty enhancement of 30 years, with 20 of those years suspended.
He was indicted on three counts of sale of MDMA and possession of MDMA. Authorities say Stapleton sold a total of 300 dosage units of MDMA, or ecstasy, with an estimated street value of $1,500.
Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics officials say that Stapleton’s criminal history and the amount of drugs involved in the case allowed prosecutors to enhance charges against him.
The case is a result of a months-long investigation by the federally funded Jackson Enforcement Team, which tracks drugs and violence cases considered to be among the worst in Hinds County.
"This sends a clear message that Judge Priester and Judge Gowan are serious about sentencing repeat offenders in Hinds County," said MBN Director Marshall Fisher.
THE CLARION-LEDGER • SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
this is absolutely insane. 40 years for selling ecstasy- and only 300 doses at that. thats essentially a life sentence.