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North Carolina Man Sentenced to 25-Years and $50,000 fine for Drug Trafficking

On February 17, 2014 in Solicitor

Conway, South Carolina—Friday February 14, 2014, 29 year-old Defendant Stefano Tyshawn Brooks from Shallote, N.C., was sentenced to 25 years in S.C. Department of Corrections and to pay a $50,000 fine for one count of Trafficking 28-100 Grams of Cocaine. The Defendant pled guilty this morning in Horry County General Sessions Court before the Honorable Benjamin H. Culbertson.

On July 30, 2010, during a routine license checkpoint in the Little River section of Horry County, officers observed an open container between the door and the passenger seat of the Defendant’s vehicle. When the officers requested the Defendant to step out of the vehicle, they further observed him attempt to conceal an object underneath his right leg. Once the Defendant was removed from the vehicle, the officers could clearly see a clear container containing a large amount of a white rock-like substance. The Fifteenth Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) reported to the scene and field-tested the collected substance. After the substances revealed positive traces of Cocaine, the Defendant was arrested and charged with, among other offenses, Trafficking Cocaine, First Offense.

First-Offense Trafficking Cocaine is a Class B Felony that carries from 7 to 25 years and a $50,000 fine. Any offense carrying a penalty of 20 years or more is a “no-parole” offense. That means the Defendant most serve 85% of his 25-year sentence before he is eligible for release to community supervision. Additionally, trafficking cocaine is considered a violent, serious offense. Under South Carolina law, crimes declared “serious” are “three strike” offenses. A charge for an offense in this category when a defendant has two other serious or most serious offense convictions allows the State to seek, after appropriate notice, a sentence of life without parole.

For any questions concerning this guilty plea, please call Assistant Solicitor Lauree Richardson at 843-915-8653.