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Spartanburg man gets 18 year sentence for selling drugs

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Walter Dawkins (Source: Solicitor Barry Barnette) Walter Dawkins (Source: Solicitor Barry Barnette)

A Spartanburg man has been sentenced after admitting to selling heroin and cocaine on multiple occasions.

According to a press release from Solicitor Barry Barnette's office, 52-year-old Walter James Dawkins pleaded guilty to several charges in court on Wednesday. His charges included 2 counts of trafficking heroin, 2 counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, third offense possession of crack cocaine, second offense possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and third offense possession of marijuana  with intent to distribute.

Dawkins was sentenced to 18 years behind bars and 5 years of home detention after making his guilty plea.

Undercover Spartanburg County deputies were able to make recorded drug purchases from Dawkins on multiple occasions at his home on Irby Road. Those undercover purchases enabled deputies to secure a search warrant on Dawkins's residence which yielded 2 riffles, 6 sets of digital scales and baggies of heroin, marijuana and cocaine.

Dawkins had a prior criminal record that spanned over 30 years with multiple convictions for drug offenses, property crimes, a firearm violation and domestic violence.

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