Hilton Head man gets 30 years on cocaine charge

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 19, 2013 

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A Hilton Head Island man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison after being convicted on drug and weapons charges, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Stanley Wright Jr., 31, was convicted on charges of cocaine trafficking, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a deadly firearm, a news release said.

He was arrested Aug. 31, 2011, after Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call from a distraught woman at Wright's house on Mitchelville Road, the release said.

The woman was gone when deputies arrived, but a sweep of the house revealed 222 grams of cocaine, 5 1/2 ounces of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia in a large cabinet in the bedroom, the release said. In a nearby closet, deputies found a loaded handgun.

The street value of the cocaine was at least $8,000 wholesale and potentially tens of thousands more if mixed with other substances, according to testimony from the trial.

Wright has prior convictions for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of marijuana, according to the release.

By law, he must serve at least 85 percent of a 25-year sentence for cocaine trafficking followed by an additional five years for the weapons charge.

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