VERONA - Narcotics agents seized 200 rocks of crack cocaine next door to the Verona School Wednesday night.

North Mississippi Narcotics agents and Verona police arrested John A. Dillard, 39, of 130A Stanley Drive, Verona, on a charged of possession with intent to distribute-enhanced, said Verona Police Chief Buddy Huckaby. Bond was set at $200,000 by Lee County Justice Court Judge John Sheffield.

"That was a good lick getting him off the street," said Huckaby, who accused Dillard of being a major wholesaler in the Tupelo-Verona area.

Drug agents estimate the crack cocaine seized during a court-ordered search of Dillard's residence Wednesday night was worth about $7,000 on local streets. Agents had been investigating Dillard for about a month, Huckaby said.

Agents also seized $1,200 in cash and a 1984 Oldsmobile 98 from Dillard.

The state's enhanced law says the maximum sentence for drug conviction can be doubled if the illegal act occurs within 1,500 feet of any public place such as a church, park or in this case, a school.

Drug agents said Dillard could face up to 30 years in a state penitentiary or 20 years to life imprisonment if the case becomes a federal one.

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