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Cherokee County man found guilty of drug trafficking

A Cherokee County man who sold large quantities of illegal drugs out of a Canton hotel room will spend, at minimum, one month shy of 44 years in state prison.

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said Haywood County jurors found Richard “Ricky” James King, 53, of Marble, guilty last week for two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances, and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

Superior Court Judge Steve Warren handed down consecutive sentences for each of the four charges, or 43 years and 11 months in prison to 56 years and three months. 

On April 30, 2021, Haywood County Sgt. Detective Micah Phillips and Detective Jordan Reagan set up surveillance at the Canton hotel. When King left the hotel, driving away on a revoked license, the two detectives initiated a traffic stop.

The detectives searched the vehicle. They discovered a large sum of money and digital scales. Later, they found drugs stashed in a void between the car’s truck bed and bumper.

Kate Robinette and Jeff Jones served as co-prosecutors in securing the conviction.

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