North Charleston man convicted on drug, gun charges

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man was convicted on drug and gun charges in federal court Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 35-year-old Bernard Weiters, Jr. was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing over 50 grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possessing a weapon in connection to and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Evidence presented at trial on July 1, 2009 said that North Charleston police executed a search warrant at a residence on Houston Street and as the North Charleston S.WA.T team attempted to enter the residence, Weiters pulled a gun from his waistband and slammed the door shut.

Police said Weiters then fled to a separate room where he threw a .40 caliber handgun through a broken window. Officers found Weiters in a separate room across the hall, bleeding profusely. Upon searching the residence, officers recovered a total of 58 grams of crack cocaine, 12 grams of powder cocaine, digital scales and other equipment used for manufacturing crack cocaine.

Weiters faces a mandatory life sentence based on his prior record and the amount of drugs recovered during the search warrant.

The case was investigated by the North Charleston Police Department and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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