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Lowndes man loses appeal in federal drug case


Cedric Calmes

Cedric Calmes



The Associated Press



JACKSON -- A federal appeals court has upheld the drug conviction of a Lowndes County man. 


Cedric Calmes of Columbus was convicted by a federal grand jury of sale of narcotics, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and unlawful transport of a firearm. 


He was sentenced in 2014 to 15 years in prison. 


Calmes was one of three people arrested in a 2011 drug raid. Authorities seized seven ounces of cocaine, 1.7 pounds of marijuana, a .45 caliber handgun and over $9,000 cash from a Columbus home. 


Calmes argued the information used to prove the need for a warrant was not sufficient and was based on unreliable information provided by an informant. 


A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied those claims.




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