CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on heroin trafficking charges, Ninth Circuit Court Solicitor Scarlett Wilson says.
According to a release, defendant Anthony Mack Franklin was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to charges of trafficking heroin, a third offense of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, unlawful carrying of a firearm, and other charges from previous incidents.
The case was investigated by the Metro Major Case Unit, Narcotics Division, and the case agent was Detective Murray Fink of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities say a source provided the Metro Narcotics Unit with information on November 6 that Franklin would be delivering a substantial amount of heroin in the Applebee's parking lot on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley. Officials report Metro detectives set up surveillance in the parking lot and initiated a traffic stop on Franklin.
A report says on the dashboard of Franklin's vehicle, detectives found a baggie containing 2.43 grams of cocaine base and a baggie of 1.55 grams of heroin. Under his seat was an ounce of heroin, and a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun with an inserted magazine.
Sheriff Al Canon reported that "The successful conclusion of this particular case, and so many others before it, makes it very clear that the Charleston County Sheriff's Office continues to be and will always be committed to public safety, and removing these types of criminals from our community."
Officials say the Metro Narcotics Unit is involved in long-term undercover drug transactions that require extended and detailed investigations, typically concluding with the arrest of major traffickers and the confiscation of substantial quantities of contraband.
According to a report, Franklin's previous convictions include trafficking in cocaine, assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a stolen pistol, possession of marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.