COLUMBIA -- A Lincolnville man labeled a "career offender" by prosecutors was sentenced last week to serve 30 years in federal prison without parole.
Roger Ray Crumblin Jr., 33, was convicted in 2009 of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing cocaine and crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possessing a weapon in connection to and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of South Carolina.
Authorities say Crumblin was arrested Nov. 8, 2008, after Charleston County sheriff's deputies witnessed what appeared to be a drug deal by someone in a Cadillac that had pulled up at a Mason Street house in Lincolnville. Deputies attempted to pull over the Cadillac, but it kept going, leading deputies on a chase that ended back on Mason Street.
Authorities said Crumblin, the driver of the Cadillac, was caught by a police dog as he tried to run. The deputy and the police dog fought the suspect, who slipped out of his pants and ran away. The deputy and the dog caught him again, at which point authorities say Crumblin covered the dog's head with his jacket and struck the dog in an attempt to escape.
Crumblin eventually was taken into custody when more deputies arrived. Deputies said they recovered two handguns along with $671, $3,200 worth of powder cocaine and some crack cocaine.
At his sentencing May 28, federal prosecutors noted that he had an "unbroken record" of arrests and convictions between January 1994 and November 2008. He was arrested 28 times in 15 years and convicted eight times, according to testimony.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sean Kittrell and Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.