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Appeal scheduled in cocaine possession case

Brad Kellar

A Bowie County man is appealing the conviction and lengthy prison sentence he received earlier this year, for transporting a kilo of cocaine through Hunt County during the summer of 2009.

Brandon Ray Antwine of Texarkana was indicted in January 2010 on one count of possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, of more than 400 grams with intent to deliver. He had pleaded not guilty.

A jury in the 196th District Court found Antwine guilty of the charge in march and delivered a sentence of 29 years and six months in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division, with a $50,000 fine.

The Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana is scheduled to consider an appeal of the case August 25.

According to a report from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy stopped a 2002 Mercury Marauder driven by Antwine at the 98 mile marker on Interstate 30 for a traffic offense early on the morning of July 7, 2009. A search of the car revealed seven bags of cocaine hidden in the door post of the vehicle. The bags contained 2.2 pounds of cocaine.

The charge Antwine was facing carries a maximum sentence upon conviction of from 15 to 99 years to life in prison in prison, with an optional fine of up to $250,000.