Convicted Felon and Drug Dealer Found Guilty after Failing to Appear at Trial

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that following a two day trial David Deshone Cage was found guilty of Sale of Marijuana while in Possession of a Firearm and Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Sentencing has been postponed until Cage is arrested for failing to appear for trial.

On Tuesday, January 23, 2014, officers with the Ridgeland Police Department and a confidential informant made an uncover purchase of narcotics. The confidential informant contacted Cage from whom she had on prior occasions purchased marijuana and arranged to meet him at the Red Roof Inn. The informant was outfitted with a video recorder and was given official state funds to purchase the narcotics from Cage. The informant also advised law enforcement that Cage routinely carried a firearm.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. Cage arrived at the Red Roof Inn. The informant entered Cage’s vehicle were money was exchanged for marijuana. After the informant exits the vehicle law enforcement stops the defendant’s vehicle before it can exit the parking lot. A search of the vehicle revealed a Rossi .38 caliber handgun and an additional bag of marijuana. Cage was also searched and located in his left front pocket was the official state funds that had been given to him in exchange for the marijuana.

Law Enforcement determined that Cage had been previously convicted in Hinds County of Possession of Cocaine. Cage was charged with the crimes of Sale of Marijuana while in Possession of a Firearm and Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Following his arrest Cage was released on a $30,000 bond.

Cage made numerous court appearances but he failed to appear for Court on the day of his trial. Cage’s attorney stated that Cage was aware of his trial date and that Cage had stopped communicating with him on the days leading up to the trial. It was determined that Cage had absconded in an effort to avoid trial and to force the court to issue a continuance. Cage was tried and convicted in his absence.

Guest stated, “Cage is a subsequent drug offender who routinely mixed firearms with the sale of drugs. Cage is not only a drug dealer but he is also a fugitive who is on the run from the law. Because of his previous arrest with a handgun, Cage should be considered armed and if anyone has information about the whereabouts of Cage please contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.”

Guest added, “The Ridgeland Police Department’s Narcotics Department conducted a textbook case that has resulted in the conviction of an armed drug dealer. I cannot thank them enough for their hard work in ridding our neighborhoods of drug. We now need your help in locating Cage so that he can be held accountable for the crimes for which he has been convicted.”

Cage has been previously convicted of possession of Cocaine in Hinds County and is currently a fugitive from justice.

Defendants:
Name: David Deshone Cage
Date of Birth: May 25, 1980
Address: 726 Lawrance Road, Jackson