Newberry Observer

Long-time crack dealer sentenced to 25 years in prison

NEWBERRY — Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Monday that a Cherokee County crack dealer was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison, following a trial at the Newberry County Courthouse.

Reginald Rodezere Scurry, 42, of Gaffney, was found guilty Thursday of trafficking crack cocaine, 28-100 grams, third offense, and failure to stop for blue light following the trial. A Newberry County jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning the guilty verdicts.

Circuit Judge Frank Addy Jr. sentenced Scurry to 25 years in prison. The crack cocaine charge is considered a serious and violent offense under state law and Scurry must serve a minimum of 85% of the sentence before being considered for parole.

In January 2017, troopers with S.C. Highway Patrol clocked Scurry traveling 70 mph in a 55 mph zone on S.C. 56 near the intersection of Belfast Road. The troopers turned around and observed Scurry throw something out the passenger window of the vehicle. Troopers initiated a traffic stop and spoke to Scurry through the open passenger window. Scurry handed the trooper a S.C. identification card and then sped off.

Troopers pursued Scurry into Laurens County where he eventually led authorities down unpaved roads and was able to wedge a Kia vehicle, which belonged to his girlfriend, around a metal gate. The vehicle was later recovered and the registration card in the name of Scurry’s girlfriend was located inside. Troopers located a bag containing 82 grams of crack cocaine in the area where they observed Scurry throw an object out of his car window.

While out on bond awaiting trial in Newberry County, Scurry was arrested in Cherokee County in January of this year on drug trafficking charges. At the time of his arrest in Cherokee County, Scurry is alleged to have possessed crack cocaine in an amount warranting another trafficking charge. Scurry has several previous drug convictions, including one from 2010 in Richmond County, Georgia. Scurry was also acquitted of a trafficking crack cocaine charge in Cherokee County in January of this year.

Deputy Solicitor Dale Scott and Assistant Solicitor Taylor Daniel handled the case for the state with assistance from Eighth Circuit Investigator Walter Bentley. Scurry was represented by the Newberry County Public Defender’s Office.

Solicitor Stumbo praised the work of his office as well as SCHP Lance Cpl. Kevin Lazar and Deputy Michael Stribble with Newberry County Sheriff’s Office in securing the conviction and lengthy prison sentence.

“Reginald Scurry has poisoned the streets of Upstate South Carolina for entirely too long, bringing misery and destruction to the doorsteps of his addicted clients and their families,” Stumbo said following the trial. “I hope this conviction and lengthy prison sentence sends a message to other drug pushers that we will not their misery peddling on the streets of our communities.”

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