Search nets eight arrests on drug, weapon charges in North Charleston
A sweep of two North Charleston homes on Tuesday netted eight arrests and took multiple guns and drugs off the streets, police said.
The bust came less than a week after the city saw a spike in gun violence that tallied seven shootings in five days, including one fatality.
Police searched the Stall Road apartment of 21-year-old Akeim Damon Fredericks about 4:30 p.m. as part of an ongoing drug investigation, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
In an arrest affidavit, police described finding a .380-caliber Taurus pistol that had one round in the chamber and seven more in the magazine. The gun, which was locked inside a safe in a bedroom at the home, was reported stolen to Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies on May 30, police said.
A search of a 2002 Crown Victoria driven by Fredericks produced two more guns — a .380-caliber Davis Industries pistol with an obliterated serial number and a round in the chamber and a .38-caliber Colt revolver containing six rounds, according to the affidavit.
Detectives also confiscated 12.7 grams, or just under half an ounce, of cocaine base, a digital scale and items used to package the drugs, police said.
Police charged Fredericks with trafficking cocaine base, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, Pryor said.
Fredericks was being held in the Charleston County jail Wednesday on $125,000 bail.
Police arrested seven other people on Tuesday after a search of a home on Midland Park Road uncovered 3.2 grams of cocaine base and two digital scales on a bathroom counter, an affidavit states. A 9 mm Hi-Point pistol with an obliterated serial number and eight rounds in the magazine was also found hidden inside a pillow in a bedroom closet, police said.
All seven people at the home denied owning the drugs and the gun, so they were all charged, Pryor said.
Adriana Lucas, 20, Melik Bibbs, 17, Fredrick Bibbs Jr., 20, Chandrika Whaley, 25, Sheri Sullivan, 33, Fredrick Bibbs, 39, and Soni Wells, 24, were each charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Sullivan was being held in the Charleston County jail on Wednesday on $75,000 bail, Wells was being held on $50,000 bail, and Whaley and Frederick Bibbs each on $35,000 bail.
Frederick Bibbs Jr. was released on $35,000 bail, and Melik Bibbs and Lucas were each released on $15,000 bail, according to jail records.
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