View Full Version : Lincoln County cocaine conviction upheld

03-21-2004, 10:18 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court will not hear the appeal of a Lincoln County man serving a 24-year prison sentence for possessing 4.4 grams of cocaine.

Andre Lenoir, who was convicted of possession of cocaine in September 2000 in Lincoln County Circuit Court, was denied an appeal by the Mississippi Appeals Court in August 2003.

Lenoir asked the Supreme Court overturn the lower court's decision, but justices refused last week.

In October 1999, Lenoir was a passenger in a car that stopped at a sheriff's department roadblock. The driver of the vehicle was arrested after a deputy allegedly found a crack pipe in his sock.

As the deputy walked around the car, Lenoir jumped into the driver's seat and fled the scene, according to court records.

The deputy chased Lenoir until Lenoir crashed the car and was caught trying to flee. When officers approached the car they reported finding "a large scattering of white rock-like substance" on the front seat that had not been visible when the car first stopped at the roadblock.

Lenoir maintained that the car was not his and he had not seen the white rock-like substance prior to the crash.

Deputies said in their report that the front seat of the car had been clean at the roadblock and that the white rock-like substance did not appear until after Lenoir wrecked.