A fugitive who had been on the run for more than a year had a loaded revolver, heroin, marijuana, crack and hypodermic needles in his possession when apprehended Thursday night at a North Charleston motel, federal authorities said.
Antoine Lott, 26, was arrested at the Relax Inn where he was staying with a girlfriend, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
Lott had been on the run since November 2010, having been charged by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with being a felon in possession of a weapon.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office charged him with failure to appear on two charges of distributing cocaine, and the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services charged him with probation violations, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank C. Conroy.
Conroy said Operation Intercept, the Marshals Service-led fugitive task force, began working the case with ATF and the Sheriff's Office several months ago. Information from confidential informants led marshals and deputies, accompanied by North Charleston police, to the motel. Lott was seen there and arrested without incident.
Kelvin Washington, U.S. marshal for South Carolina, said Lott was taken to the Cannon Detention Center and will answer the charges against him in both state and federal courts.
"This case typifies law enforcement cooperation and dedication to one cause: Keeping the streets of South Carolina safe," Washington said.