Crime

Man admits to owning loaded gun, dealing drugs from Myrtle Beach apartment

A Mullins man pleaded guilty to having more than two-and-a-half pounds of drugs and a loaded gun inside a Myrtle Beach apartment.

Frederick Julien Augustine, also known as “Cowboy,” pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to federal officials. He entered his plea after prosecutors presented evidence during a federal trial.

The 42-year-old now faces a mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison.

Prosecutors say police entered a Myrtle Beach apartment on Oct. 26, 2017 using a search warrant. Inside they found 641 grams of cocaine, 49 grams of crack cocaine, 59 grams of heroin, and 27 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded .357 Magnum revolver. They also found $11,000 in suspected drug proceeds in a safe along with another half-kilogram of cocaine.

Augustine was not in the apartment when police entered, but was the last person to leave before the search, prosecutors said. He was arrested during a traffic stop and found with another $3,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

Augustine was previously convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill, distribution of crack cocaine, second-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a crime of violence.

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