A 24-year-old man facing charges in a Charleston drug ring involving college-age suspects died recently of a viral illness.
Christopher Russell Sliker of Shoreline Drive on Johns Island had faced two drug possession charges in connection with the 2016 police investigation that netted nine suspects, including College of Charleston students.
Prosecutors dropped the cases after his death, court records showed.
An obituary stated that he died Jan. 22 of “complications from a respiratory virus.”
Two other suspects had already pleaded guilty in the probe into a drug-dealing network that catered to college-age populations. Some of the drugs included prescription pills, marijuana, cocaine and LSD.
Investigators started looking into the operation after the 2016 shooting death of Patrick Moffly, the son of former school board member Elizabeth Moffly, at a downtown home where officers found prescription pills strewn about.
Sliker’s obituary said he had studied business at the College of Charleston. He was gregarious and quick-witted. He enjoyed sports and the outdoors, it stated, and had grown into “a charming and loving man, a beloved local socialite, wacky cousin, and proud son.”