In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


Ben K. Massey,        Appellant.

Appeal From York County
John C. Hayes, III, Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No.   2003-UP-191
Submitted January 10, 2003 - Filed March 12, 2003


Assistant Appellate Defender Tara S. Taggart, of Columbia;; for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster,Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, of Columbia; Solicitor Thomas E. Pope, of York; for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Ben K. Massey appeals from his conviction for trafficking crack, arguing that the trial judge failed to grant a directed verdict because there was no evidence that he knowingly possessed the drugs.  Massey’s counsel attached to the brief a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating she had reviewed the record and concluded Massey’s appeal lacks merit.  After a thorough review of the record and counsel’s brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we dismiss [1] Massey’s appeal and grant counsel’s motion to be relieved.


HEARN, C.J., GOOLSBY and SHULER, JJ., concur.

[1] We decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.