Drug trafficker sentenced

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 27, 2008

NATCHEZ — The last member of a Vicksburg based drug ring was sentenced in federal court on Thursday afternoon.

John Dillard, 60, will serve the next 10 years with the United States Bureau of Prisons.

Dillard’s attorney Bob Anderson said his client’s two five-year terms will run concurrently with one 10 year term.

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In early March, Dillard was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to traffic crack cocaine and two counts of selling the drug.

Anderson said Dillard was the only person arrested in the case who pleaded not guilty.

“I tried the case as vigorously as I could,” he said.

During his allocution Dillard said he felt insufficient evidence was brought against him and indicated intent to appeal his case.

U.S. District Judge David Bramlett reminded the court that federal sentences have no possibility for parole.

The initial bust of the drug ring in, June 2007, ultimately led to the arrest and sentencing of eight people in the Vicksburg area.

Michael Tyler, said to be the ringleader, received a sentence greater than 20 years.