U.S. Marshals: Fugitive cocaine dealer nabbed at hotel

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The U.S. Marshals say a suspected 26-year-old cocaine dealer who's been on the run for a year was caught at a hotel in North Charleston.

Antoine Lott was arrested at the Relax Inn Thursday night.

Lott, who was featured on Live 5's Most Wanted, had been on the run since November of 2010 charged by the ATF with being a felon in possession of a weapon. Lott was also wanted by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office with failing to appear on two charges of distributing cocaine and the South Carolina Probation and Pardon Services with Probation Violations.

According to investigators, when authorities found Lott, he had a loaded revolver, heroin, marijuana, crack and hypodermic needles in his possession.

The U.S. Marshal led fugitive task force, Operation Intercept, began working the case alongside ATF and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office several months ago.

Information from confidential informants poured in from the community. Ultimately, U.S. Marshals and officers with the I.L.P. unit of North Charleston Police, observed an individual matching the description of Lott enter a hotel room at the Relax Inn in North Charleston.  Investigators immediately moved in and arrested Lott without incident.

Lott was transported to the Al Cannon Detention Center.

Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for South Carolina, stated: "This case typifies law enforcement cooperation and dedication to one cause: keeping the streets of South Carolina safe.  Lott will answer the charges against him in both state and federal courts.  Many thanks to all agencies involved in the apprehension of this fugitive."

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