A Walker County jury found Christy Emmitt, 30, of Jasper, guilty after a four-day trial in February of trafficking cocaine, first degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Walker county Circuit Judge Jerry Selman sentenced Emmitt on Friday to 50 years for trafficking, 10 years for the marijuana charge and six months for the paraphernalia charge. The minimum sentence for trafficking could have been 25 years with a maximum of 99 years.
Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said he felt the strong sentence should send a message to would-be drug dealers in Walker County.
"We are seeing more narcotics arrests than ever right now," he said. "I'm thankful the court handed down a significant sentence. Prosecutors, the court and law enforcement in this county are sick and tired of folks dealing drugs. This should send a clear message to let drug dealers know to quit selling in this county."
Tirey said he expected to see more heavy sentences in the future for trafficking and manufacturing crimes.
Walker County Narcotics Enforcement Team agent Adam Hadder said Emmitt was arrested in 2004 when members of the NET Unit executed a search warrant at her home. He said she was the only person inside the home when they arrived. They found 30.87 grams of cocaine, which is above the 28 gram limit for trafficking. He said they also found a small amount of marijuana, two sets of digital scales and razor blades.