Columbus man convicted on drug-related charges following three-day trial

Columbus man convicted on drug-related charges following three-day trial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A Columbus man was convicted on one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Dyrell Davis, 32, was convicted following a three-day jury trial on Jan. 6, 2016, and Chief U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land was the presiding judge.

Evidence presented at trial showed than on April 25, 2014, officers with the Special Operations Unit of the Columbus Police Department executed a search warrant at Mr. Davis' residence. The warrant was executed based on a controlled buy of marijuana that was made from him at the residence during the previous week.

The search revealed around 48 grams of packed marijuana, found hidden inside a bedroom light fixture, a small digital hand held scale and a loaded handgun was found in the kitchen garbage can. The firearm was reported stolen in July 2013.

Mr. Davis has two prior felony convictions for aggravated assault in Muscogee Superior Court, one in March 2003 and in March 2008.

"Guns and drugs are a deadly combination under any circumstances. When the person who possesses them has previously been twice convicted of violent felonies, it becomes even more so, making the prosecution of this type of case so important for safety in the community," said Acting United States Attorney G.F. "Peter Peterman, III.

Possession of a controlled substance carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 or both. Davis will be sentenced in about 60 days following a presentence investigation. He remains in custody following his conviction.

This case was investigated by the Columbus Police Department's Lead Investigator S/A Robert Yates and S/A Will Panoke, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mel Hyde is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

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