Tennessee's criminal appeals court has upheld a circuit court judge's sentence for a Shelbyville crack dealer.
Eddie L. Readus was convicted by a jury of two counts each of selling and delivery of crack cocaine following a controlled buy by a confidential informant in September 2010.
Readus was sentenced to an effective sentence of 30 years by Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler, and Readus challenged the evidence against him, also saying his conviction violated double jeopardy.
Tim Miller of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department and 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force had learned there was a lot of drug activity coming out of a Shelbyville apartment. The informant was given $100 to buy drugs and outfitted with an electronic recording device.
The informant was only in the apartment a short amount of time and returned to authorities with the drug, while agents watched the residence for 90 minutes, noticing "a ton of foot traffic."
Readus was arrested and found with $411 cash, $100 of which was confirmed as the money the informant used in making the controlled drug buy, as well as powder cocaine weighing 1.5 grams, marijuana and two cell phones.
The presentence report showed that the 43-year-old had 40 prior felony and misdemeanor convictions, including nine drug-related convictions, nine theft or property-related convictions, seven assault convictions and six weapons convictions.
It was also noted in the report that the defendant had numerous probation revocations, dropped out of high school in the 10th grade, had regularly used drugs since age 19, and had an unverifiable and unstable employment history.
Appellate judge Allen Glenn wrote that finding the exact currency that the informant used in making the buy supported his conviction by the jury.
Also, Glenn rejected the double jeopardy argument, saying that due to the processes involved it was completely different transgressions for him to sell the crack cocaine and possess the powder cocaine for later use.