A Florence man is facing drug charges after the FBI says he provided the heroin and crack cocaine that a Myrtle Beach woman overdosed on before her body was dumped in the woods, according to an affidavit.
Kathleen Capra, 48, was found in Tabor City, North Carolina on Dec. 31, 2017. Authorities said she overdosed on drugs provided by James Latron Sumter, 35.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Florence announced Wednesday that Sumter was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin, the use of which resulted in serious bodily injury or death, according to a press release from Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Crick.
According to an affidavit and police report, Uber driver Charles Hunt, 40, picked up Capra on Dec. 27, 2017 and took her to a liquor store. The next day, Capra called Hunt again, and they went to his house where they watched TV and had sex, according to an affidavit.
Capra called yet again on Dec. 29, and this time asked if Hunt could get her drugs, specifically, $100 worth of cocaine and heroin, police said.
The FBI says that Hunt called Sumter, also known as “T,” and bought $50 worth of heroin and $50 worth of cocaine at the Ashley Park apartment complex across from Carolina Forest Elementary School before dropping off Sumter at Handley’s Pub and Grub. At that point, the affidavit notes that Hunt and Capra went back to Hunt’s place where Capra took the drugs.
Police say that Hunt didn’t think he could take Capra back home “in the condition that she was in,” so he and Sumter went to a sports bar called Magoos on Waccamaw Boulevard where the two men let Capra sleep in Hunt’s car while they drank beer and Red Bull inside.
When they came back out, Capra was still sleeping, and, after dropping off Sumter at a Carolina Forest apartment complex, Hunt drove around for a while and found that Capra wasn’t breathing, according to the affidavit.
Hunt said that he tried to revive Capra, and when she didn’t wake up, he panicked and drove towards North Carolina before dumping her body, the FBI said.
Sumter could spend up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to the release, which said the case is being investigated by the FBI, DEA and that United States Attorney Everett McMillian of the Florence office is prosecuting.
Records show he is being held in the Florence County Detention Center.
Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian