Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Kendal Deval Martin was sentenced Monday to a 60-year sentence for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Martin was convicted by a jury in March of possessing ten pounds of marijuana. Martin was sentenced as both a habitual offender and a subsequent drug offender and he will be required to serve the entire sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or early release.
On March 27, 2013, law enforcement noticed that Martin’s car was closely following an 18-wheeler truck and crossed the fog lane on the shoulder of Interstate 20. The officer pulled Martin over for careless driving. The officer went to the front of the car and could smell air freshener coming from inside to the vehicle along with a weak odor of marijuana. Due to the smell of marijuana the officer asked Martin if he could search his vehicle. Martin granted the request.
The officer went to the trunk of the vehicle where the odor of marijuana became much stronger. The officer searched the trunk and found a gym bag containing numerous vacuumed sealed bricks of marijuana. The bricks were submitted to the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory and test confirmed that the substance was marijuana.
Martin was arrested and admitted to purchasing the marijuana in Texas for $3000.00.
Guest stated, “Several weeks ago we warned the public about the growing abuse of prescription drugs and law enforcement made over a dozen arrests of individuals who had broken our laws. We must continue to keep a watchful eye on drugs like marijuana because it can serve as a gateway drug and lead to drug abuse of other more harmful substances.”
Guest added, “Martin is a drug trafficker whose primary goal was to sell marijuana and make a large profit on his illegal actions. He was a supplier to those who would sell drugs on our streets. By removing this individual from the drug supply chain we will hopefully help keep marijuana and other drugs out of the hands of our children.”
Guest concluded, “The training and hard work of law enforcement officials and the verdict of the jury allowed us to take a habitual drug dealer off our streets.”
Martin has four prior felony drug convictions from the state of Alabama. He has previously been convicted of two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and trafficking in cocaine.
Name: Kendall Deval Martin
Date of Birth: 3/14/79
Address: 5600 15th Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama