One of the nine arrested in an alleged drug ring involving Charleston college students has been sentenced to five years of probation on two charges.
Benjamin William Nauss, 24, of Felix Street in Charleston pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to two counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, court paperwork showed. One of the crimes is a felony.
Circuit Judge Markley Dennis suspended a five-year prison sentence for Nauss in lieu of the probationary period. Assistant Solicitor Stephanie Linder prosecuted the case.
Benjamin William Nauss. Cannon Detention Center/Provided
Nauss is the first person to be convicted in the broad drug investigation.
Charleston police in June 2016 announced that he and eight other 20-somethings, including current and former College of Charleston students, had been jailed on 29 charges.
Their probe had begun after the drug-related shooting death of Patrick Moffly, son former Charleston County School Board member Elizabeth Moffly, in March 2015. The six-month inquiry led the authorities to a seizure of 43,000 Xanax and synthetic marijuana pills, 1½ pounds of cocaine, 5 pounds of