For the second time during this court week, a defendant who sold drugs at Dixie Curb Market was found guilty of drug charges.
Tijuana Daval Peake, 29, of 197 John Jeter Lane, Carlisle was tried by a jury and found guilty of distribution of crack cocaine, second offense and distribution of crack within proximity of a school or park. Circuit Judge John C. Hayes III of Rock Hill sentenced Peake to 20 years in prison on the distribution charge and gave him 15 years concurrent on the proximity charge.
Peake was arrested by the Union Public Safety Department on Feb. 15. Warrants signed by Investigator Mickey Parker said Peake sold crack to a confidential informant at the market on 503 South Church Street on Nov. 9. Dixie Curb Market is located within one-half mile of Excelsior Middle School.
Donald Johnson, 40, of 194 Johnson Road, Union, was found guilty of distribution of crack and distribution of crack within one-half mile of a school or park Wednesday. Johnson sold crack to an operative with the public safety department at Dixie Curb Market on Oct. 31. Johnson was tried in his absence His sentence was sealed until he can be taken into custody and brought back before a Circuit Court judge.
Deputy Solicitor John Anthony said he was pleased with the verdicts of the two juries.
“We appreciate that two juries this week heard our evidence and convicted people who were dealing crack cocaine in a high drug area of Union,” Anthony said.
Dixie Curb Market was heavily damaged in a fire set by an arsonist on Aug. 20 and has not reopened.
The following people pleaded guilty this week in General Sessions Court:
Unarry Shippy, 280 McDowell ST., Pacolet, to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, four years; to possession of a controlled substance, three years, concurrent; to possession of marijuana, 30 days suspended.
Sheila Morris, 117 Lake Drive, Union, to possession of a controlled substance, 30 days or $50 with 30 days to pay.
Cedrick Neal, 112 Hunters Run Road, Union, to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, five years suspended to five years probation and restitution at $100 per month.
Joshua Peace, 407 Meadowoods Road, Buffalo, to financial transaction card fraud, one year suspended to three years probation and restitution of $2,903.
Richard Campbell, 110 Greenridge Drive, Moore, to four counts of third- degree burglary, three counts of petit larceny and one count of grand larceny, 10 years and restitution of $3,300.
Phillip Lawson, 207 Sims Drive, Union, to first degree harassment, two years suspended to 79 days and two years probation, ordered to have no contact with the victim.
James Beasley, 304 Bates Ave., Union, to failure to stop for a blue light, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, second offense; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, second offense; grand larceny; second-degree burglary and strong armed robbery, three years.