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Jefferson County jury gives man 20 years for cocaine

District Attorney Bob Wortham has announced that a jury of the Drug Impact Court Wednesday found Richard McKinnley Nixon guilty of possession of cocaine in an amount of at least four grams and less than 200 grams. Because of the Defendant’s prior conviction for Possession of a Controlled Substance, he faced a possible punishment of five to ninety nine years in prison, and a fine not to exceed $10,000. The jury returned a verdict assessing a 20-year sentence.

On May 3, 2012 in the 4600 block of Maddox St., the Beaumont Police Department was in the process of serving a parole violation warrant on the Defendant when Officers noticed evidence of drug activity in the apartment. Narcotics Detectives executed a search warrant and located over 60 grams of crack cocaine along with items that could be used to convert powder cocaine into crack cocaine.