March 31, 2022

Madison County Judges Sentence Habitual Drug Offenders

Mary Apel

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Bubba Bramlett announced that on Monday, March 28, 2022, Madison County Circuit Court Judge Dewey Arthur sentenced Torrey Powell of Canton to a total of forty years for two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine.

Powell had at least six prior felony convictions in Oklahoma, Georgia, and Mississippi. Because he had been previously convicted of drug offenses, he was considered a subsequent drug offender, which doubled his maximum sentence on the current drug offenses. He was also a non-violent habitual offender, which requires that he serve the maximum sentence allowed by law without parole or early release.

On April 29, 2020, an officer with the Madison Police Department made a routine traffic stop. Powell was the driver of the car, but a female and infant child were in the backseat. The officer found Powell did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance and asked Powell to step out of the car. For safety reasons, Powell was patted down, where a pill bottle was found in Powell’s front pocket. Powell admitted the bottle contained ecstasy pills, methamphetamine, and heroin. The Mississippi Crime Lab tested two of the substances and found both contained methamphetamine – one in a pill form and one in powder form.

On Monday, Judge Arthur also sentenced Carlos Dominque Allen of Jackson to 100 years for the Sale of Fentanyl, Trafficking in Fentanyl, Possession of Hydrocodone, and Possession of Amphetamine. In addition, Judge Brad Mills sentenced Lucas Howard to serve sixty years after a jury convicted him of Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Sale and Conspiracy to Sale Cocaine. Like Powell, both Allen and Howard were subsequent drug offenders and habitual offenders.

“All three of these cases are prime examples of how habitual offenders revolve in and out of our justice system,” stated Bramlett. “A statement was made Monday with these three important sentences. We are thankful for the tireless efforts of our law enforcement, jurors, and judicial system, who are all doing their diligent part to get these drugs and felons off our streets.”

Photos: Powell, Allen, Howard (

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