Horry County men plead guilty to drug charges, receive probation

Two Horry County men were given probationary sentences after they pleaded guilty to drug charges in connection with Horry County police seizing more than 50 packets of heroin and a stolen weapon last year, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Ralph C. Willard Jr., 28, and Perry L. Jones, 39, both of Longs, each pleaded guilty Monday to possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to the release from Nancy Livesay, an assistant solicitor.

Circuit Court Judge Steven John sentenced Willard to four years in prison, but suspended that to two years probation. Jones was ordered to serve five years in prison but that sentence was suspended upon his service of three years on probation.

Both men were given credit for the time they had served since their arrest and ordered to pay court costs.

Livesay said she had recommended active prison sentences for the men because the charges carried up to 15 years in prison.

On Feb. 6, 2013, Horry County police were searching for another man and found him with Willard and Jones in a shed on Reno Circle in the Longs community, Livesay said. Officers seized the drugs and weapon.

Both men also face pending charges of trafficking heroin, while Willard faces resisting arrest and simple possession of marijuana and Jones possession of a stolen weapon.