HHI man gets 30 years for drug trafficking
BEAUFORT – A 31-year-old Hilton Head Island man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 after jurors convicted him of trafficking cocaine and other drug-related charges.
At the conclusion of a two day trial, jurors convicted Stanley Wright, Jr., of Mitchelville Road, of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime.
On the evening of August 31, 2011, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call in which a distressed female caller’s line went dead in an escalating domestic violence situation. When officers arrived at Wright’s residence, the woman was nowhere to be found and Wright walked out of the home, shutting the door behind him.
Officers conducted a sweep of the home to look for the woman, whom they feared could be injured or worse. During that sweep, they saw what later proved to be more than 222 grams of cocaine, 5 ½ ounces of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a debit card belonging to Wright in a large cabinet under double vanity sink in the master bathroom. In a nearby closet, they found a loaded handgun. Wright had $1,480 in cash on him and another $1,000 in the home.
Testimony indicated that the street-value of the cocaine, which was still compressed, was at least $8,000 wholesale and potentially tens of thousands more if it was diluted with other substances to sell to end-users.
“Our community is sick and tired of cocaine and its derivatives flooding our streets, poisoning our youth and fueling property crime and violence,” said assistant solicitor Ben Shelton of the Beaufort County Career Criminal Prosecution Unit. “This verdict and sentence speak volumes to this fact. The Sheriff’s Office’s professional response helped ensure that this dealer will be behind bars for a long, long time.”
Wright has prior convictions for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of marijuana.
Judge Maité Murphy handed down the sentence. By law, Wright must serve at least 85 percent of a 25-year sentence on the cocaine trafficking charge followed by an additional five years on the weapons charge.