Attempted murder suspect arrested on drug dealing charges

Published: Jan. 3, 2014 at 5:49 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say an attempted murder suspect was arrested in downtown Charleston on drug dealing charges.

The Charleston Police Department arrested 28-year-old Timothy Montez Wright with trafficking cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within close proximity of a school. Police say Wright was out on bond for an attempted murder charge at the time of his arrest.

On Thursday, authorities executed a search warrant at a Smith Street and found 262 grams of cocaine and $1,175 in cash.

In February of 2013, members of the U.S. Marshal's Task Force arrested Wright at his home on Fort Johnson in connection to an incident where Wright allegedly pistol whipped a man several times before shooting him twice.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office charged Wright with attempted murder in that incident.

CPD officials released the following statement on Wright's arrest:

The arrest of Wright is a prime example of what law enforcement, citizens and public officials are trying to accomplish with Senate Bill 19. He was out on $150,000 bond for an attempted murder charge from February 2013.

 Senate Bill 19 would require:

1. Bond settings be held, within thirty days, in Circuit Court for defendants who are out on bond for a Serious/Most serious crime as defined by 17-22-45 and commit another Serious/Most Serious Offense.

2. A rebuttable presumption arises that bond not be set on the new Serious/Most Serious Offense if there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed the new offense.

3. If the court finds that no conditions of bond will ensure the defendant is unlikely to flee or not pose a danger to the community, bond must be revoked on the prior charge.  

This legislation would help address the problem of individuals who commit a crime while already on bond for another crime. It does not matter if it is Charleston, Columbia or Greenville, this legislation would help to protect every citizen of this state.

"Only by working together can law enforcement, citizens of this state and our public officials help ensure that those who are accused of committing a crime don't have a revolving door that allows them the ability to continue to do violence against law abiding citizens," said Charleston Chief of Police Greg Mullen.

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