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Man sentenced for drug, traffic violations

ALBANY, Ga. -- A traffic stop conducted on a 33-year-old man on Dec. 19, 2012, that turned into a drug and weapons bust has now earned the suspect 30 years, Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said Monday.

Edwards said via a news release that Kevin Harris was convicted by a jury trial on July 16, and was sentenced on Monday on drug, weapons and traffic charges. He is set to face 20 years in prison, 10 years of probation and pay a $200,000 fine, the release said.

Harris, driving a 2002 black Ford F-350 pickup at 11 p.m. on Dec. 19, initially attracted attention because his tag light was out. Maj. Bill Berry, commander of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, told The Albany Herald at the time of the initial report that Harris was throwing items out of the vehicle as officers were attempting to stop him.

Authorities ended up seizing a GSG .22-caliber pistol with a bullet in the chamber and a rotary magazine that carried 100 rounds in it, as well as nearly another 100 rounds of ammunition. The items thrown out of the truck turned out to be 78.6 grams of cocaine worth about $7,000, and about seven grams of marijuana, Berry said in December.

Harris was convicted on charges of are tampering with evidence, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, trafficking in cocaine, possession of drug-related object, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and a tag light violation, the news release from Edwards said.