Nov 18, 2010 6:23 AM by Press Release & Nichole Larkey
St. Mary Parish Assistant District Attorney Stan Hardee announces that yesterday afternoon in Franklin at the St. Mary Parish Courthouse, Christopher Paul Hines age 41 of Baldwin pled guilty as a Second Felony Habitual Offender to Distribution of Cocaine having been previously convicted of Distribution of Cocaine in 1997. Hines received a sentence of 15 YEARS AT HARD LABOR WITHOUT PAROLE, PROBATION, or SUSPENSION OF SENTENCE. Prosecutor Stan Hardee said this means Hines will serve 15 years day for day because he pled as a habitual offender. Hardee said that when you are bold enough to sell drugs in broad daylight in St. Mary Parish, you are going to pay a bold price for it: YOUR FREEDOM! Hines is losing 15 years of freedom for selling cocaine in Baldwin.
Baldwin Police did an excellent undercover operation arresting nearly thirty individuals involved in drug deals in Baldwin last year; Hines was one of those. Now these cases are coming to trial, and Baldwin Police Department's hard work is producing results. On August 27, 2009, Hines was caught on video in broad daylight selling $40 of cocaine to an undercover Baldwin Police Officer near Jolivette Street in Baldwin. Affidavits state Derrick Alexander supplied Hines with the cocaine to sell the officer. Derrick Alexander is set for trial on the same charge in 2011.
Court records show that this was Hines' third felony conviction. An affidavit states that on March 30, 1989, Hines broke into a home at 112 Baptiste Street in Baldwin; he later pled guilty on August 22, 1989, to Felony Theft in that case. Another affidavit states that on October 31, 1996, Hines set up the sale of $40 of cocaine to an undercover officer which he was convicted of on August 28, 1997. On May 13, 1997, Hines pled guilty to misdemeanor Simple Possession of Stolen Property. Hardee says that Hines was too familiar with the criminal justice system, and it was time for him to be taken off the streets for a while. If you are a career criminal and get caught selling drugs on video in St. Mary Parish, come to court with your toothbrush because you are going to prison.