Woman sentenced on drug charges


From Staff Reports

Saturday, September 8, 2018

A Nashville woman has been sentenced to 42 months in prison in connection with multiple drug charges.

U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Thursday in federal court that Chief U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Sade Shana Holland, also known as Sharde Richardson, 27, of Nashville to 42 months imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release.

Following an investigation conducted by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Holland was named in a six-count indictment filed on April 3. The indictment charged her with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine; possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of a quantity of crack cocaine; and possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Holland pled guilty to the conspiracy charge on June 4.

According to the investigation, between June 20, 2017, and Aug. 14, 2017, officers used a cooperating witness to make six purchases of crack cocaine from Holland. According to the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Holland arranged each of the drug purchases and contacted her drug supplier, Equan Dunston, who provided the crack cocaine to Holland for the drug purchases. Holland sold approximately 280 grams of crack in Spring Hope and Rocky Mount, the statement said.

For his role in the conspiracy with Holland, Dunston was charged Jan. 10 with conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack between June 20, 2017, and Aug. 17, 2017. On March 5, Dunston pled guilty and on June 4, he was sentenced to 114 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.

This case is part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Take Back North Carolina Initiative, the press release said. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking and crimes against law enforcement, the release said.