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Savannah man found guilty of trafficking cocaine

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A Chatham Superior Court Jury found Antonio Lancaster Thompson, 39, guilty today of charges stemming from a March 14, 2013 arrest where SCMPD officers found three and half ounces of marijuana in small bags, 43 Methylone pills (also known as Ecstasy), and over 36 grams of cocaine also in small bags in a blue lunch box halfway hidden under Thompson's seven week old daughter and her car seat.

Thompson was found guilty of trafficking in cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute a schedule 1 controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Officers observed the illegally parked rental car near the intersection of 34th and Paulsen Streets in a known drug hot spot. As Thompson tried to leave the area, the officers stopped him. During the stop, officers noticed the strong scent of marijuana and searched the car. They found a blue-soft-sided lunch box that had been shoved halfway under the child's improperly secured safety seat.

Also in the car, officers discovered a digital scale, two cell phones and $430 in small bills.

During the trial, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Purvis introduced two prior felony convictions for possession with intent to distribute cocaine among other charges.

Superior Court Judge Penny Haas Freesemann will hold sentencing at a later date. Thompson faces two life sentences plus 40 years.

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