Man sentenced to 25 years after 2nd drug dealing conviction

Man sentenced to 25 years after 2nd drug dealing conviction

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A 33-year-old man twice convicted of dealing drugs was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

On Tuesday, Willie James Edwards of Pawleys Island pleaded guilty to trafficking heroin second-offense.

Proseuctors say because Edwards had a prior drug conviction, he was given a 25 year sentence and a $100,000 fine. According to prosecutors, because this is considered a violent offense, Edwards will have to serve 85% of the time.

A press release states that the case was scheduled to be tried, but prior to jury selection, Edwards pleaded guilty.

Edwards' latest charge stems from an incident on Feb. 14, 2013 when officers stopped a vehicle for traffic violations.

When officers asked what was going on, the driver said he was attempting to buy heroin from Edwards, the passenger in the car.

When Edwards was searched, police say they found a large quantity of heroin, in excess of 13 grams, on the suspect.

Edwards was also one of three people accused of planning a diversion at an elementary school to rob a bank.

In April, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office charged Edwards, Michael Hart of Georgetown and Ryan Bonneau of North Charleston with criminal conspiracy.

According to authorities, the three planned to create a diversion at the Waccamaw Elementary School's sports field to distract deputies as the Wells Fargo Bank on 13272 was robbed.

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