A Charleston man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of dealing drugs.
Therron Richardson, 33, was convicted Thursday by a Charleston County jury.
“The drug industry is a business that poisons the community,” 9th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Emmanuel Ferguson told the jury. “Shut this business down.”
A 911 call from a woman saying her boyfriend had hit and choked her led police to a home at 1956 Old Fort Ave. in West Ashley on Oct. 17, 2010, according to prosecutors.
Investigators never found the woman at the house, but they found cocaine residue, a scale on the bathroom counter and three handguns under the bed, prosecutors said.
As a result, a narcotics unit got a search warrant for the house and also found a total of five handguns, $26,000 dollars in cash, and over $120,000 worth of cocaine, according to prosecutors.
Richardson has previous convictions for trafficking cocaine, distribution of crack near a school, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a pistol, authorities said.
Circuit Judge Stephanie McDonald sentenced Richardson to 30 years in prison for the cocaine trafficking charge and five years to be served consecutively for the weapons offenses.