3/1/2012 - Authorities looking for convicted drug dealer

Authorities are searching for a Spartanburg man who failed to appear in court for his trafficking cocaine trial and was found guilty in his absence.
Jesse Pinzon, 29, was found guilty of trafficking more than 100 grams of cocaine at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial today. A bench warrant has been issued for the defendant’s arrest and his sentence will be read publicly once he is arrested. By statute, Pinzon faces a 25-year prison sentence and a $50,000 fine.
Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pinzon Dec. 9, 2010 following a traffic stop of a car in which Pinzon was a passenger. After deputies questioned Pinzon outside of the car, a bag of cocaine fell on the ground at his feet. The bag of cocaine was apparently located inside his pants. The cocaine weighed 106.36 grams.
Pinzon posted a $100,000 bond the following day. Pinzon was placed on home detention pending trial. He cut his home detention GPS bracelet off and is also wanted for his escape from home detention.
Pinzon is about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds. His last known address was a Jennings Street residence. Anyone with information on Pinzon’s whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (888) CRIMESC or (864) 503-4500.