There are some different shooters out there citizens of the Lowcountry need to be aware of. These shooters normally use needles instead of firearms. We hear so much about the use of crack cocaine and methamphetamine yet the sale and use of heroin is rampant in our area and tends to fly under the radar of the public and the “news” media. Most folks seem to consider heroin addicts as sleepy, itchy folks who don’t do much. Let’s examine the records of a few heroin addicts to see how they contribute to crime in the tri-county area. Due to time constraints we restricted our research to Charleston County charges only.
Bryan Joseph Charlebois was released from the Al Cannon Detention Center on July 15th and is a well known user of heroin. He likes to let people know he has connections to a former circuit court judge who helps him out when he’s in trouble. We don’t know how true that is, but he has quite the criminal history and hasn’t spent a lot of time behind bars because of it.
Receiving Stolen Goods - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor due to “deficiency of evidence”.
Pointing & Presenting a Firearm - Dismissed by a preliminary hearing judge because the arresting officer did not show up to testify.
Financial Transaction Card Fraud - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Deadra Jefferson to 2 years, suspended in favor of probation and $3,000.
PWID Cocaine - Reduced to Possession of Cocaine by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced by Judge Thomas “Felon’s Friend” Hughston to 2 years, suspended on $200 and probation to run concurrent to the probation issued above by Judge Deadra Jefferson.
PWID Cocaine Near a School - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Possession of a Controlled Substance - Plead guilty. Sentenced to 6 months, suspended.
Financial Transaction Card Fraud - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Daniel Pieper to 3 years, suspended in favor of 2 years probation.
Possession of Heroin - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
In 2007 and 2008 Charlebois was hit with probation violations.
2009 Charges (Berkeley County):
2nd Degree Burglary - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Two (2) counts of Property Crime Enhancement (felony) - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Roger Young to 5 years, suspended in favor of 2 years of probation on each, concurrent.
Two (2) counts of Property Crime Enhancement (felony) - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol - Plead guilty. Same sentence as above, concurrent.
Possession of Heroin - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Stephanie McDonald to 2 years.
2nd Degree Burglary - Free on a $10,000 bond.
Unlawful Use of a Telephone - Free on a $2,130 bond.
Charlebois also has some magistrate/municipal level domestic violence charges. It seems he likes to get violent with women. Here are a couple of postings from his Thugbook page which seem to back that up. We have blurred names where appropriate.
Sounds like Charlebois went too far, huh?
The following individuals were all arrested on heroin related charges in the past week.
Meet Elizabeth Danielle Williams. She was in the news recently for stealing $6,500 worth of jewelry from her grandmother. When she was rounded up by CPD on the Grand Larceny charge she was also charged with Possession of Heroin and a probation violation. She had failed to report to her probation officer and was considered “absconded”. Her total bond has been set at $110,000.
In 2011 Williams was charged with narcotics possession. That charge was dismissed at a preliminary hearing. No reason was listed. The code “0179” is commonly used in cases of possession of hyrdrocone or oxycontin, prescription drugs that can lead to the use of heroin. Heroin addicts will also use those drugs when they can’t find heroin. The heroin is preferred because it’s cheaper.
In 2013 Williams was charged with Unlawful Neglect of a Child and Possession of Heroin. The 9th Circuit Solicitor reduced the unlawful neglect charge to Cruelty to Children. Remember when we discussed how cruelty to children brought less penalties than cruelty to animals? Judge Stephanie McDonald sentenced Williams to 30 days time served.
Williams was sentenced to 2 years, suspended in favor of 2 years probation on the heroin possession charge. That worked out real well, huh? Sentenced to probation in October of 2013 and was in absconded status by June 2014.
Our next heroin related arrestee is Kevin Baxter. He was jailed on charged of Possession of Heroin, PWID Heroin Near a School and Possession of Cocaine. His total bond was set at $40,000.
Grand Larceny - Dismissed. The victim did not cooperate.
Distribution of Heroin - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Victor Rawl. The sentence information does not appear to be complete and appears to indicate Baxter was sentenced to 10 years, suspended on 30 days probation. That can’t be accurate even given the ridiculous sentences handed down in the 9th Circuit.
Distribution of Heroin Near a School - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Possession of Heroin - Dismissed at preliminary hearing because the officer did not show up to testify.
Cody Cooper was arrested yesterday on charges of Possession of Heroin and Drug Paraphernalia. He will have a bond hearing later today.
Cooper had quite a history for a 23 year old heroin addict. He was sentenced to 3 years probation in 2012, but his probation has now been closed. Someone needs math lessons.
Note: the 2011 and 2012 charges were all rolled into one plea deal by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Shoplifting - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge R. Markley Dennis to 90 days time served, even though he didn’t actually serve 90 days on this charge.
2nd Degree Burglary - Sentenced t0 10 years, suspended in favor of 3 years probation. Not that his probation case is closed we can see he only did 1.5 years probation.
Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Purchase of a Controlled Substance Near a Park - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Possession of Narcotics - Plead guilty. Sentenced to 90 days time served even though he didn’t actually serve 90 days.
Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Note says “not indicted”, but was actually dismissed in plea deal.
Possession of a Stolen Firearm - Plead guilty. Sentenced to 90 days time served. Cooper actually did serve 90 days on this charge.
Grand Larceny - Dismissed at preliminary hearing, no reason given.
Grand Larceny - Plead guilty. Sentenced to a YOA term not to exceed 5 years.
Cooper didn’t actually serve much of that sentence.
Forgery - Free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
Property Crime Enhancement - Free on a $10,000 bond personal recognizance bond.
As you can see, the heroin shooters contribute quite a bit to the Lowcountry crime problem. They definitely do a lot more than scratch, nod and sniff.