Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman on Tuesday sentenced 39-year-old Allen Lebron Tucker to serve 15 years in state prison, while noting he has 24 prior convictions.
Tucker, who was sentenced on a jury conviction for selling cocaine, is still facing a child rape charge.
Judge Steelman said, "The vast amount of the cases we see are directly related to drugs. The prevalence of this activity causes many, many problems in our community."
Tucker said he took several courses during the time he has been in jail since his March 16, 2011, drug arrest. He said he was ready to straighten his life out.
Judge Steelman said Tucker had a number of prior chances, but had his probation revoked several times. He was on probation for selling cocaine when he was arrested again after a search warrant at his residence.
Attorney Jay Underwood said not a large amount of cocaine was found in the residence, but prosecutor Charlie Minor said the testimony showed that it was an ongoing operation. He said when police arrived several suspected drug customers jumped off the porch and ran.
Tucker will be eligible for parole consideration after serving 35 percent of the term.