NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 35-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after a Charleston County jury found him guilty of a number of drug dealing charges.
Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson announced that a jury found Charles Tramane Myers guilty of trafficking in cocaine third-offense and possession with intent to distribute marijuana first-offense Wednesday afternoon.
According to prosecutors, due to Myers' past convictions for drug possession and trafficking, Judge Knox McMahon sentenced Myers to the mandatory minimum of 25 years on the trafficking charge and the maximum of 5 years on the marijuana charge.
Prosecutors say Myers' prior criminal history included resisting arrest, possession of cocaine and crack cocaine, unlawful carrying of a firearm and trafficking cocaine.
Police officers said that in July 2012 they received an anonymous tip that Myers, a known drug dealer, had moved his operation to the Waylyn area of North Charleston.
Narcotics investigators began conducting surveillance at a home on Saratoga Road, the address provided by the tipster. During a more than two-month-long investigation, Myers was seen coming and going from the residence at all times of day, often leaving to make street level narcotics deals.
On Oct. 26, 2012, narcotics investigators with the North Charleston Police Department executed a search warrant at the Saratoga Road home.
Prosecutors say police immediately located Myers smoking marijuana inside the passenger seat of a vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence.
Inside the vehicle and under Myers' seat, officers recovered a digital scale, marijuana, a marijuana grinder, and baggies – all indicating Myers was involved in drug dealing.
Investigators also recovered 31.9 grams of cocaine and 170 grams of marijuana in a bedroom inside the home.
According to prosecutors, although Myers admitted to police that the cocaine and marijuana was his, the court ruled the confession inadmissible under South Carolina Supreme Court precedent so the jury did not hear that evidence.