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A 40-year-old Neeses man pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges last month before Circuit Judge Maite Murphy.

Risheen Israel Pender of 301 Hutto Road pleaded guilty to:

• Second-offense possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

• Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within close proximity to Howard Middle School.

• First-offense possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

• Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony.

Murphy sentenced him to five years in prison. He was given credit for having already served 125 days.

Investigators were patrolling Jamison Avenue around 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2018 when they saw Pender inside of a parked vehicle on a vacant lot.

When investigators approached Pender to see if he had permission to be at the site, they saw a bag of narcotics stuffed inside the driver’s side door.

Investigators searched the vehicle and said they found various illegal narcotics and a pistol stolen in 2016 from a residence located less than a mile from where investigators initially saw Pender.

Investigators say when they frisked Pender, they discovered he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

As a result of his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed the following charges:

• Possession with intent to distribute Xanax.

• Possession with intent to distribute ecstasy.

• Possession with intent to distribute “Molly.”

• Possession with intent to distribute Xanax near a school.

• Possession with intent to distribute “Molly” near a school.

• Possession with intent to distribute ecstasy near a school.

• Possession of a stolen firearm.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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