The drugs were analyzed and confirmed to be cocaine by the GBI, according to U.S. Attorney Charles Peeler. Tippins admitted in a plea agreement he “knowingly possessed with the intent to distribute 612.47 grams of cocaine.”
The case was investigated by FBI agents in the Valdosta office. It was his third felony drug conviction.
“This is a man who earned a rare spot at the highest level of his sport, and could have made a great deal of positive contributions to our society as a former NFL player,” Peeler said in a statement. “Instead, Mr. Tippins now has three criminal drug convictions, and was caught during a routine probation check with 22 bags of cocaine, admitting he intended to sell these dangerous drugs. When people choose to sell poison in their community instead of building their community up, the judicial system will impose the consequences.”
Tippins was sentenced as a career offender in the U.S. Middle District Court of Georgia by Senior Judge W. Louis Sands. He will serve 12 years and seven months to run alongside his existing Cook County sentence, which was set to expire in 2021. According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, he was last released from prison in 2013.
The judge also sentenced Tippins to a three-year supervised release following the prison term.
The former Cook High School star played college football at Middle Tennessee State but was not selected in the 1989 NFL draft. Before he joined the Falcons in 1990, Tippins played one season with the Dallas Cowboys after signing as a free agent.
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