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North Charleston drug kingpin sentenced to 20 years


A North Charleston man was sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty on Wednesday to trafficking crack cocaine charges.

Wayne Hollinshead was arrested on Dec. 1, 2008 after delivering a half kilogram of cocaine to a confidential informant off Dorchester Road in North Charleston.

Subsequent to his arrest, a search warrant was executed at his home which authorities found another half kilogram of cocaine, approximately 25 grams of crack cocaine and $10,000 in cash.

Hollinshead's trial began on Monday and on Wednesday, Hollinshead changed his plea to guilty during the presentation of the state's case. Judge Deadra Jefferson accepted his guilty plea and sentenced him to 20 years in the Department of Corrections. Hollinshead must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for release.

Assistant Solicitor Kidd stated, "Hollinshead was a major supplier of cocaine in our community. Thankfully, through the hard work of the North Charleston Police Department, SLED, and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, we were able to take a dealer off the streets and send a message to those involved in this sort of behavior that it will not be tolerated."

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