Macon cocaine dealer sentenced to 7 years in federal prison

A Macon man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in a federal prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, according to federal authorities.

Victor Burnett, 33, was arrested in July 2012 after surveillance officers observed him picking up 1,718 grams (less than half an ounce) of cocaine at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with the intent to sell in Macon, according to a Friday news release from U.S. Attorney Michael Moore for the Middle District of Georgia.

“A search of the vehicle revealed over $18,000 in currency in addition to the cocaine,” the release stated.

Burnett pleaded guilty on Jan. 21, and, in accordance with a plea deal, admitted he had a cocaine supplier in Atlanta who supplied him with kilogram quantities.

“Cocaine is not a problem of the past,” Moore said in the release. “It continues to pollute our streets because of drug dealers like Mr. Burnett. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to get these drugs off the streets, even if that means we lock up the dealers one at a time.”

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