North Charleston man sentenced to 16 years on cocaine, heroin charges

A North Charleston man was sentenced to 16 years in prison in connection with a 2013 drug bust in which police officers confiscated cocaine and heroin.

A Charleston County jury convicted Kevin L. Middleton, 27, on Wednesday on charges of trafficking cocaine base, possession with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of cocaine. General Sessions Judge W. Jeffrey Young sentenced Middleton to 10 years on the heroin charge, three years on the possession charge, and 16 years and a $50,000 fine on the trafficking charge. The sentences will run concurrently.

According to the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, testimony revealed that North Charleston Police raided an apartment in the Dorchester Village complex off Dorchester Road on April 19, 2013. Police targeted the apartment after receiving a tip that Middleton, who was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants, was at that location.

Police spotted Middleton from the front door of the apartment sitting on a couch with a digital scale on his lap, bent over what appeared to be a large amount of cocaine base on the table in front of him.

A search of the apartment yielded 1.2 ounces of cocaine base, just under a half-ounce of heroin and a small amount of cocaine.