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Frequent meth dealer given 24 years
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A drug dealer who was indicted for selling meth seven times over a 17-month stretch has been given a 24-year sentence to serve in the state penitentiary.

Darin James Perkins, 41, was given the sentence in Circuit Court after entering pleas to 10 charges, including twice when he was caught trying to sell over 26 grams of meth.

“He was a persistent drug dealer and that’s why he got 24 years,” said District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis. “I think our community will be a much safer place with one less drug dealer on the street.”

Perkins was sentenced last Wednesday for crimes that began in May 2017 and continued until his last arrest in October 2018.

According to grand jury indictments, Perkins did knowingly deliver 0.5 grams of meth on May 24, 2017.

He followed that on Aug. 3, 2017, when he was charged with possession with intent to deliver 14 grams of marijuana, Oxycodone pills, and over 26 grams of meth.

The grand jury then indicted Perkins for selling more than 0.5 grams of meth three times in less than a week on Oct. 26, Oct. 30, and Nov. 1, 2017.

The next day, Nov. 2, Perkins was caught in possession of over 26 grams of meth with attempt to deliver.

It was nearly a year later, on Oct. 20, 2018, when Perkins was again found in possession of more than 0.5 grams of meth with attempt to deliver.