One thing we have learned from over two years or researching and writing this blog is that the war is over. What war? The drug war. We consistently see major narcotics dealers given break after break after break by local prosecutors. We aren’t talking about users, either. Apparently these prosecutors have declared an end to the drug war. Unfortunately, they failed to inform the constituents who elected them to keep our communities safe. That wouldn’t go over well when you run on a platform of law and order.
Don’t believe us? Let us demonstrate it yet again.
Yesterday the North Charleston Police Department arrested Karl Deymon Hugee on a charge of PWID Marijuana. They also seized two firearms and $183,649 in cash.
Now, when Hugee can’t show a legitimate source for all of this cash, a judge will bestow it on NCPD. We have a question, though. Why doesn’t the state go after these criminals on tax related charges. That is, after all, how they finally managed to take down Al Capone and quite a large number of other organized crime figures.
Now, when we hear from his family after this post goes live, we will be told Hugee is just a recreational drug user, fighting the struggle, who is really good at saving his pennies. Let’s see how true that is.
2005 Charges (Dorchester County):
Trafficking Crack Cocaine - Reduced to PWID Crack by the 1st Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced by Judge Diane Goodstein to a YOA sentence of 6 years.
Trafficking Cocaine - Reduced to PWID Cocaine by the 1st Circuit Solicitor. Same sentence as above, concurrent.
Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime - Dismissed by the 1st Circuit Solicitor.
PWID Marijuana - Dismissed by the 1st Circuit Solicitor.
PWID Cocaine - Reduced to Possession of Cocaine by the 1st Circuit Solicitor. Same sentence, concurrent.
PWID Crack Cocaine Near a School - Pled guilty. Same sentence, concurrent.
Trafficking Cocaine - Reduced to PWID Cocaine by the 1st Circuit Solicitor. Same sentence, concurrent.
Controlled Substance Near a School - Dismissed by the 1st Circuit Solicitor.
Hugee was sentenced to that 6 year YOA sentence in June of 2006. By May of 2007 he was back out on the streets.
2007 Charges (Dorchester County):
2nd Offense PWID Cocaine - Dismissed by the 1st Circuit Solicitor.
Really? After all the breaks you gave him on the multitude of charges from 2005?
2011 Charges (Charleston County):
2nd Offense Possession of Marijuana (a felony) - Reduced to simple possession by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Given a $25 fine by Judge James “Rainbows and Unicorns” Gosnell.
2011 Charges (Dorchester County):
PWID Marijuana - Reduced to 1st Offense Possession of some other controlled substance by the 1st Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced to 6 months by Judge Kristi Harrington.
So, based on this case and tons of others featured in these pages, someone needs to make a decision. Are drugs bad for our community or not? Maybe we should just ignore all drug offenses since they don’t seem to be taken very seriously by the prosecutors we elect. We think we already know the solicitor’s stance. What position do you voters take?
Check back this afternoon to see what bond is set for Hugee later today. You already know how this case will play out, though. A low bond will be set and Hugee will have no trouble paying it because he has cash stashed elsewhere. After the case sits around for two years, the 9th Circuit Solicitor will reduce the charge to simple possession of marijuana and send it down to Judge James “Rainbows and Unicorns” Gosnell who will take the plea and sentence Hugee to yet another of those staggering $25 fines.