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WCH man sentenced to prison for trafficking heroin

Ryan Carter ryancarter@civitasmedia.com

April 7, 2014

A 23-year-old Washington C.H. man has been sentenced to four years in prison for trafficking heroin within 1,000 feet of a school on Jan. 17.


Recently in Fayette County Common Pleas Court, William R. Ferguson, pleaded guilty to second-degree felony trafficking in heroin as part of a plea agreement he reached with the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office. The four-year prison sentence was part of the agreement.


The morning of Jan. 17, members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Tactically Armed Response (S.T.A.R.) team served a search warrant at 912 Willard Street, which is just within 1,000 feet of Washington High School. Ferguson, the resident, ran out the rear door of the home as deputies were making forced entry at the front.


“Deputies and police officers on the perimeter of the residence gave chase, apprehending Ferguson after a short foot chase,” said Sheriff Vernon Stanforth.


While fleeing on foot, Ferguson was seen by law enforcement throwing something into the back yard, according to Stanforth. Investigators discovered the Ferguson allegedly discarded several bills of U.S. currency.


“Once the residence was secured, it was determined that Ferguson was the only occupant at the residence at the time of the search warrant execution,” said Stanforth.


Detectives searched the home and reportedly found heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and an undisclosed amount of cash.


Ferguson was taken to the Fayette County Jail where he was incarcerated in lieu of bond.