Man sentenced to life without parole for crack cocaine distribution

Man sentenced to life without parole for crack cocaine distribution

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on drug charges, Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson says. A jury convicted Dean Seagers from North Charleston of distribution of crack cocaine.

Based on the defendant's extensive prior record, including 13 convictions over 16 years, the Solicitor's Office said on July 9 it would seek a life sentence without parole if Seagers is found guilty by a jury.

Seager's past activities include numerous state- and federal-level drug convictions and a federal firearms conviction, authorities say. According to a report, Seagers was arrested on multiple trafficking and distribution charges shortly after his release from federal custody and while under federal supervision.

At the trial's conclusion, Judge Kristi L. Harrington sentenced Seagers to life without parole.

Narcotics detectives with the City of Charleston Police Department Special Investigations Unit launched into a narcotics investigation of Seagers in June of 2012.

A report states that detectives conducted multiple monitored purchases from Seagers that ultimately led to a search warrant at a home on Ashton Street in downtown Charleston.

Officials say the case was particularly challenging to law because of evasive actions by Seagers, who was trying to hide his involvement with narcotics, officials say. Seagers reportedly used a cup with a string attached to lower drugs from a second story rear window.

Assistant Solicitors Whit Sowards and Lauren Mulkey prosecuted the case for the Solicitor's Office. "We are thankful for the persistence and dedication of the City of Charleston Police Department's narcotics unit in this case," they said, "Their hard work allowed us to hold this repeat offender accountable for his actions."

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