Canton Drug Dealer Receives a 60-Year Prison Sentence

For Immediate Release
November 23, 2010
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Wesley Archie received a 60-year sentence for the possession of cocaine with intent to sell, and sale of cocaine. Twenty years of his sentence will be suspended. Archie pled guilty without a recommendation on the morning of his trial.

On the evening of September 17, 2009, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department pulled Archie over for careless driving. Archie was traveling from Jackson to Canton with his wife and children.

After discovering that Archie’s driver’s license was suspended, the deputy asked Archie to step out of the vehicle and come to the rear of the vehicle. Archie was obviously nervous and distracted. The deputy asked him if anything in the car was illegal.

The deputy then went to the passenger’s side of the car and asked Archie’s wife to exit the vehicle. After she exited the car, the deputy was able to see a bulge in her jeans, which turned out to be 31.4 grams of cocaine.

Archie gave a statement to a narcotics investigator that he had given the drugs to his wife to hide on her person when he was pulled over and that she had no knowledge of the drugs being in the vehicle until the time of the stop.

Guest stated, “It was later determined that Archie traveled from Canton to Jackson on a regular basis to pick up large quantities of drugs with the intention of selling them on the streets of Canton. On this occasion he took his wife and kids with him in an attempt to make his travel appear to be legitimate.”

On August 11, 2008, agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office met with a confidential informant to purchase drugs from Archie. After the confidential informant was fitted with an electronic transmitting device and a digital recorder, the informant then called Archie and made plans to purchase drugs.

The confidential informant and Archie agreed to meet at a house in Canton where previous drug transactions had occurred. When Archie arrived at this location the confidential informant gave Archie $1000 and Archie gave him over an ounce of cocaine. An audio recording of the transaction was recorded over the body wire worn by the confidential informant.

Guest stated, “Archie’s conviction is another victory in our fight to keep drugs off our streets. While the war on drugs is a constant battle this case is an example of what we can accomplish through the cooperation of federal and local agencies.”

Guest concluded, “Because of the work of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department a known drug dealer will now spend the next 40 years in prison.”

Archie has previously been convicted twice in Madison County for possession of cocaine.