Domestic dispute leads to drug bust at Charleston apartment

Nicole Walker, 42, of Corabell Avenue in North Charleston was charged Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, withpossession of cocaine and possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute.

A fight in a Charleston apartment led police to arrest a man and woman on drug charges Wednesday night.

A neighbor complained that a couple was fighting in an apartment at 55 Ashley Ave. about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis.

When officers arrived, Richard Kent Robottom, 39, who lived there, came outside and said nothing was going on, although he was hysterical and sweating profusely, Francis said.

Another officer went inside and talked with Nicole Walker, 42, of Corabell Avenue in North Charleston. She was shaking and crying hysterically, Francis said.

The officer reported seeing a large kitchen knife on a coffee table in the living room and a plate with a white powdery substance on a side table. A search warrant was obtained, and officers found a gram of cocaine and a gram of cocaine base in the apartment, according to Francis.

Robottom was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine base with the intent to distribute and possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute within close proximity of a park.

Walker was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute.

Walker was released from the Charleston County jail on her own recognizance.

Robottom remained in jail.

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