Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
COLUMBIA , S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) — United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Ernest Roberts, 41, of Allendale, was convicted this morning by a jury in Columbia after a two-day trial in federal court.
Roberts was charged and convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841, according to a press release.
Audio and video evidence presented at trial established that on February 22, 2016, Roberts traveled to Bert’s Fast Stop and Pawn Store in Fairfax, South Carolina to meet with an informant working with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). After discussing the meet on several recorded phone calls, evidence established that Roberts sold the informant 26.35 grams of “crack” cocaine in exchange for $1,300 while standing near 10th Street in Fairfax.
SLED Agents testified that they observed the transaction and identified Ernest Roberts as the individual who met with the informant to conduct the controlled purchase.
During a pretrial conference held on the case on August 23, 2017, the