CHARLESTON, SC -- Authorities believe they put away a drug kingpin when a man tied three years ago to a kilogram of cocaine was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison.
Wayne Hollinshead, 27, of St. Angela Drive, North Charleston, entered a guilty plea Wednesday, during his trial for trafficking cocaine and trafficking crack cocaine. Judge Deadra Jefferson accepted the plea and pronounced sentence. Hollinshead must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for release, 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Friday.
According to assistant solicitors Culver Kidd and Burns Wetmore, Hollinshead was arrested on Dec. 1, 2008 after delivering a half kilogram of cocaine to a confidential informant off Dorchester Road in North Charleston. A search of Hollinshead's residence turned up another half kilogram of cocaine, approximately 25 grams of crack, and $10,000 in cash, the Solicitor's Office said.
Hollinshead's trial began Oct. 31, and two days later, Hollinshead, who was represented by attorney Leon Stavrinakis, changed his plea to guilty during the presentation of the state's case.
According to Kidd, "Hollinshead was a major supplier of cocaine in our community. Thankfully, through the hard work of the North Charleston Police Department, SLED, and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, we were able to take a dealer off the streets and send a message to those involved in this sort of behavior that it will not be tolerated."