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Drug Charges Bring 25-Year Sentence

By David MacDougall
The Post and Courier
Saturday, March 6, 2010

A 29-year-old North Charleston man was sentenced to 25 years Thursday after a
Charleston County jury found him guilty of multiple charges stemming from a July 2007 drug bust on Grayson Street in North Charleston.

Ricky Jerome Price of South Allen Street was convicted of one count of trafficking cocaine, one count of trafficking crack cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine within a half-mile proximity of an elementary school, manufacturing crack cocaine, manufacturing crack cocaine within a half-mile proximity of a school, possession of marijuana and assault on a police officer while resisting arrest, according to a news release from the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Circuit Court Judge Deadra L. Jefferson sentenced Price to a term of 25 years in prison.

A North Charleston Police Department narcotics unit executed a search warrant on a residence on Grayson Street and found Price and a co-defendant in the kitchen with tools that are consistent with manufacturing crack cocaine, the release said.

Price ran to the rear bedroom in an attempt to escape. Once in the bedroom, officers fought with Price until he was placed in custody. Police seized 28 grams of cocaine, 16 grams of crack cocaine and 7 grams of marijuana, the release said. They also seized $1,038 in cash.

The kitchen area of the house was set up for manufacturing crack, the release said.

Assistant solicitors Peter McCoy and Culver Kidd prosecuted the case.

"I'm pleased with the work of the NCPD Narcotics Unit," McCoy said. "They executed this case in a first-class manner. It is a huge relief to know that the children and people of that community have one more drug dealer off the streets."

Charges still are pending against the co-defendant, Rhonda Parker, McCoy said. She testified at Price's trial.

Price will be eligible for parole after he serves 85 percent of the 25-year sentence, McCoy said.