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AL Supreme Court overturns drug conviction

The ruling came down Friday in the cocaine trafficking case of Jermaine Lavar Parker. The ruling came down Friday in the cocaine trafficking case of Jermaine Lavar Parker.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Alabama Supreme Court overturned a drug suspect's conviction.

The ruling came down Friday in the cocaine trafficking case of Jermaine Lavar Parker.

They believe there was not enough evidence in the case, even though the jury said there was enough evidence and an appeals court said there was enough evidence.

However, the Supreme Court has ruled there was only suspicion in the conviction of Parker.

Parker was convicted of conspiracy to commit a controlled-substance and obstruction of government operations.

The charges stem from a 2005 incident in a Huntsville restaurant parking lot, where agents arrested Parker and another suspect for trafficking more than $150,000 worth of cocaine.  They seized guns, $8,000 in cash, and one and a half kilos of the drug at the scene.

"There were two cars parked together at Longhorn Steakhouse. One car had the drugs in it, and one car had the money. The state argued the drug transaction had already occurred, but the Alabama Supreme Court said there was no drugs found in the car and there was not sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt," said WAFF 48 Legal Analyst Mark McDaniel.

The lack of evidence was at no fault of law enforcement.

This ruling is a final say in the matter, so the case is closed.

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