West Ashley man sentenced to 30 years for $120K worth of drugs

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 43-year-old West Ashley was sentenced to 30 years in prison after authorities found $120,000 worth of drugs and guns at his home.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Therron Richardson was convicted on Thursday for drugs and weapons charges from a search warrant that was executed on his home in West Ashley in October of 2010.

According to Assistant Solicitors Emmanuel Ferguson and Culver Kidd, emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from a woman who claimed her boyfriend had hit and choked her and needed police assistance as she hid in a room in the defendant's home.

Court records state that the call abruptly ended after the caller said, "He's trying to get in, he's trying to get in."

When officers got to the home they noticed the doorknobs of the home were replaced with dead-bolt style locks. Concerned that the caller was being held against her will, officers entered from a sliding glass door at the rear of the residence.

The officers reported seeing cocaine residue and a scale on the bathroom counter, as well as three handguns under the bed.  The Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant on the defendant's West Ashley home and uncovered a total of five handguns, $26,000 dollars in cash and over $120,000 worth of cocaine.

Assistant Solicitor Emmanuel Ferguson said, "The drug industry is a business that poisons the community," and told the jury to "shut this business down."

Richardson had previous convictions for trafficking cocaine, distribution of crack near a school, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a pistol. He was sentenced by Judge Stephanie McDonald to 30 years in prison on the cocaine trafficking charge with 5 years consecutive on the weapons offenses.

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