Convict in Cookeville meth case loses appeal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the Cookeville methamphetamine conviction of a man who claimed he was denied a motion to suppress evidence against him.

The ruling posted by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Monday is in the case of Donnie Jones, who was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.

A federal jury convicted Jones after his 2009 arrest.

Part of Jones' appeal contended his co-defendant, Philip Tabor, received only a 60-month sentence.

The appeals court noted Tabor also pleaded guilty and testified for the state against Jones.

Evidence against Jones included recorded purchases of drugs by an undercover informant who investigators said had a meth addiction and who was searched before and after the drug buys.

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