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Charleston Family Members Plead Guilty to Distribution of Opioids

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated that Samuel Bobby Wright, age 67, and Horace Edmond Wright, age 52, of Charleston, South Carolina, pled guilty to multiple counts of Distribution of Heroin, in violation of Title 21 U.S.C. § 841. Additionally, Samuel Bobby Wright pled guilty to multiple counts of Distribution of Fentanyl, also in violation of Title 21 U.S.C. § 841.  Senior United States District Judge Patrick Michael Duffy, of Charleston, accepted the guilty pleas and will impose the sentences after he has reviewed the presentence reports, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearings established that on June 28, July 3, and July 27, 2017, Samuel Bobby Wright sold heroin from a residence slightly north of Septima Clark Parkway on the peninsula. He also sold fentanyl from the same address on multiple occasions in September of 2017.  Horace Edmond Wright sold heroin from outside of the same residence on July 13 and 18, 2017.

Ms. Lydon stated that the maximum penalty the Wrights could receive is 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 dollars.   The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Charleston City Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Jamie Lea Schoen of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.




Jamie Lea Schoen (843) 266-1678

Updated June 19, 2018