'Career offender' gets over 20 years in prison for trafficking heroin

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man has been sentenced to over 20 years in prison after he was caught trafficking heroin.

Naarl Joseph Richard, 38, was sentenced to 262 months in prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin. Court documents indicated he faced a maximum of 30 years due to his prior record as a "career offender".

Officials say Richard was identified as a heroin dealer in May, 2009.

North Charleston police say they initiated a traffic stop on Richard in the Charleston area shortly after he drove to Elizabeth, New Jersey on May 31, 2009. Police say they found over 1,000 doses of heroin in a hidden compartment in Richard's car.

Records show that the compartment was under the console between the front driver and passenger seats. It used a hydraulic lift to open and close.

After Richard serves his prison sentence, he will undergo six years of supervised release.

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