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.