Man sentenced to 13 years in prison on drug, assault charges

Man sentenced to 13 years in prison on drug, assault charges
Codie Oswalt Bell

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – A Darlington man was sentenced to more than a dozen years behind bars on drug and assault charges.

According to a news release from the Fourth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, 37-year-old Codie Oswalt Bell pleaded guilty Monday to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and distribution of crack cocaine, third offense.

The assault case arose from the stabbing of Patrick Frazier in October 2018, while the drug case was initiated from the sale of crack cocaine to an undercover operative in August 2017, the release states.

Judge Paul M. Burch sentenced Bell to concurrent sentences of 13 and a half years in prison on each charge.

Bell has three prior convictions for drug offenses ranging from possession to distribution, the release states.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant Solicitor Adam M. Foard and investigated by the Darlington Police Department and the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office.

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