Trafficking nets jail terms

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 7, 2011

Three people pleaded guilty in Rowan County Superior Court last week to drug charges:
• Gerald Dwight Ridenhour Jr., pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon, trafficking in opium, possession with intent to sell and deliver controlled substances and breaking and/or entering, all felonies.
Ridenhour was sentenced to six to eight years in the North Carolina Department of Correction.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Ridenhour in December 2009 after he held the victim in her home in November at gunpoint and threatened to kill her if she didn’t give him her prescription medications.
• Tammy Renee Selph was sentenced to six to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking in opium and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substances, both felonies.
Selph was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine. This case involved the purchase of drugs by members of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office as part of an undercover drug investigation.
Selph was caught in January after being on the run for four months. She was arrested in Cherokee County.
• Nathan Tyrone Black was sentenced to six to nearly eight years in prison. Black pleaded guilty to the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, both felonies.
He also acknowledged he was a habitual felon.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office conducted undercover buys from Black on two separate occasions in 2009 when Black sold $140 worth of cocaine to an officer.