heroin trafficker sentenced to over 20 years in prison
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that Naarl Joseph Richard, age 38, of North Charleston, was sentenced to 262 months in prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin. A jury convicted Richard on July 10, 2012, following two days of trial. Richard faced a maximum sentence of 30 years, and based upon his prior record, qualified as a “career offender” under the United States Sentencing Guidelines. The Honorable P. Michael Duffy presided over the case.
Testimony developed at trial showed that Richard was identified in May, 2009 as a heroin dealer, with a New Jersey heroin source. On May 31, 2009, he drove to Elizabeth, New Jersey and stayed for a very brief time, meeting with an individual before turning around and driving back to South Carolina. The North Charleston Police Department initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle for a traffic violation in the Charleston area, and later found a secret, hidden “trap” in the car. The trap was under the console between the front driver and passenger seats, and utilized a hydraulic lift to open and close. In the trap, officers found 1,000 doses of heroin. Next to the heroin was a Haitian passport, belonging to Naarl Richard.
The 262 months imprisonment is to be followed by six years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the North Charleston Police Department Narcotics Unit, and Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Williams prosecuted the case.