RIDGELAND - Madison County law enforcement officials are searching for a man convicted Thursday on two separate charges.

David Deshone Cage was absent from court for his two-day trial, but a jury found him guilty of selling marijuana to a police informant while in possession of a firearm.

Cage's previous conviction in Hinds County on charges of possession of cocaine - a felony - made owning the .38-caliber handgun Ridgeland police found in his vehicle grounds for the second charge.

According to Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest, Cage sold marijuana to a female informant, outfitted with a video recorder, in the informant's car in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn near County Line Road around 9 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2014.

Guest added that although Cage made numerous court appearances leading up to his trial, he did not show up for the day of his trial. Cage's attorney told prosecutors that Cage had stopped communicating with him in the days leading up to the trial.

"Cage is a subsequent drug offender who routinely mixed firearms with the sale of drugs," Guest said, adding that Cage is now considered a fugitive from the law. "Because of his previous arrest with a handgun, he should be considered armed."

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cage should contact the Madison County Sheriff's Department at 601-855-0739.