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Local gets 20-plus years on drug charges
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SAVANNAH — Eddie Kodell Goodwin, 29, of Liberty County, was sentenced Monday by senior federal Judge William Moore Jr. to 262 months in prison for trafficking crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana.

Goodwin's original conviction was in 2009 for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Goodwin was convicted by a jury after a two-day trial in March. According to first assistant U.S. attorney James Durham, the evidence showed that in January 2011, Goodwin was driving in Hinesville, when a MACE Drug Task Force agent tried to stop his vehicle. Goodwin drove into an apartment complex, jumped out of his still-moving vehicle carrying a black shoebox, and ran through several. As he scaled a fence, witnesses saw him drop the box, which contained five grams of crack cocaine, 62 grams of powder cocaine, and 90 grams of marijuana. Goodwin was arrested a few moments later with over $1,000 cash in his pocket. At the time of his arrest, Goodwin was on probation from Long County for the prior drug offense and for a 2009 aggravated assault conviction in Liberty County.

Goodwin's 262 month sentence was ordered to run consecutively to the four year, 10 month, and 11 day sentence he is serving on the probation revocations. U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver noted that there is no parole in the federal system.

“The trafficking of cocaine and other illegal drugs is a disease that threatens the communities of every county in South Georgia,". Tarver said. "Violent, repeat offenders who infect our communities with this disease will be prosecuted and punished severely.”

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