Man sentenced to 20 years in prison after drug convictions

A four-time felon was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of drug charges, according to the Cobb County District Attorney's Office.

32-year-old Peter Williams Hargrove Jr. was convicted in January of trafficking heroin and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, according to officials.

The charges stem from 2014, when MCS Organized Crime Task Force used informants to purchase heroin from Hargrove at a residence on Hawthorne Circle in Smyrna. On Dec. 5, 2014, agents executed a search warrant at the residence where the sales occurred and seized more than 14 grams of heroin, cocaine and packaging, and marijuana.

“This is a defendant who started his career selling crack cocaine, one of the most addictive illicit substances available. He then moved to the single most addictive substance for sale on the street –
heroin,” said Deputy Chief ADA Jason Saliba, who prosecuted the case. “He’s been a blight on this community for years.”

Chief Magistrate Joyette Holmes, sitting as a Superior Court Judge, presided over Hargrove’s trial in January. Yesterday, Judge Holmes sentenced Hargrove as a recidivist to 30 years, with 20 years to serve and the rest on probation.

Given his four prior convictions, Hargrove must serve every day of the 20 years in prison. He has two prior convictions for dealing cocaine, and two prior convictions for possession of cocaine. His first conviction was in 2004, when he was 19.