Birmingham drug dealer gets 20 year sentence

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Birmingham man
convicted of distributing a large quantity of crack cocaine will
serve a lengthy prison sentence.

U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said Monday a federal judge ordered
50-year-old Dexter Hatten Murphy to serve 240 months or 20 years in

He pleaded guilty in May 2008 to two counts of distributing more
than 50 grams of the illegal drug.

Prosecutors said an informant working with the Drug Enforcement Agency purchased about 276 grams of crack cocaine from Murphy in 2006.

Court records showed Murphy had a prior drug conviction in 1995.

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