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Drug violation. Whitfield Superior Court. Before Judge Pannell.
Ernest Ramsey appeals from his convictions of two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
1. Ramsey contends that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions. The evidence at the close of the State's case showed that on February 27, 1992, a police informant purchased crack cocaine from Ramsey. On March 2, 1992, the same informant again purchased crack cocaine from Ramsey. On both Occasions, a police detective had placed a radio transmitter on the informant's body and was able to monitor the Conversations surrounding the transactions. The detective was also able to visually observe the transactions to a limited extent. Both the informant who purchased the cocaine and the detective who monitored the transactions testified at trial. We find that the evidence was sufficient to authorize a rational trier of fact to find Ramsey guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U. S. 307 (99 SC 2781, 61 LE2d 560) (1979).
2. Ramsey contends that it was error to admit into evidence a statement he made while in police custody for the charged offenses. After being read his Miranda rights, Ramsey gave the following statement: "I get my rocks fronted to me by a guy named Putt, from Chattanooga TN, and he drives a blue 1978 Buick Skylark. He has fronted me half an 8-ball before. I guess you could say that I sell for myself. Jim Betton sells for Putt to (sic)." (Exh. # 4.) The statement was reduced to writing by the detective and signed by Ramsey. Ramsey's only objection to the statement's admissibility is that it was unduly prejudicial and not relevant to the crimes charged.
State, 203 Ga. App. 353, 354 (416 SE2d 864) (1992); Morgan v. State 181 Ga. App. 150, 151 (351 SE2d 497) (1986).
Jack O. Partain III, District Attorney, Kermit N. McManus, Assistant District Attorney, for appellee.
Michael A. Corbin, for appellant.
Thursday May 21 06:55 EDT

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