A Mableton man found guilty of trafficking heroin will go to prison for a decade after being sentenced Monday in Cobb Superior Court, according to the Cobb District Attorney’s office.

Tiontae Jamon Copeland, 41, was found guilty by a Cobb jury Thursday on the drug trafficking charge and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to the DA’s office. The charges stem from the evening of May 1, 2018, when Cobb Police executed a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Copeland was a passenger, according to Kim Isaza, spokesperson for the Cobb District Attorney’s Office.

During the stop, near the intersection of Favor Road and White Oak Drive, a K-9 officer alerted on the vehicle, and officers recovered a plastic bag that turned out to contain more than 5 grams of heroin, with dash camera video showing that Copeland had tossed the bag from the car, Isaza said. A Kel-Tec 9mm pistol was found in the passenger door of the vehicle, Isaza added.

“This is enough heroin to reach more than 50 people,” said Assistant District Attorney Nicola Rossi, who prosecuted the case. “This verdict sends the message that those who distribute dangerous drugs on the streets of Cobb County will be held accountable.”

On Monday, Cobb Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell sentenced Copeland as a recidivist to 35 years, with 10 years to serve in custody and the balance on probation, according to Isaza. Kell also banished Copeland from Cobb County due to a prior cocaine conviction.

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