A Myrtle Beach man was sentenced Wednesday to 110 months in prison following a 2016 arrest in which authorities found a large amount of methamphetamine, heroin and a stolen firearm.
Andrew Whittington, 40, pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The 110-month sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge C. Ashley Royal in an Athens, Georgia, federal court.
During a traffic stop Dec. 18, 2016, on Interstate 20 in Morgan County, Georgia, Whittington was found to be in possession of approximately 234 grams of methamphetamine, 14.5 grams of heroin and a stolen 22-caliber pistol, a prepared statement by U.S. attorney Charles Peeler states.
"Mr. Whittington gave consent for a search of his person, but when suspected methamphetamine was found, Mr. Whittington began a physical struggle that lasted several minutes before he was ultimately handcuffed," according to the release.
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At the time of his arrest, Whittington had five previous felony convictions to his name.
"A career criminal dealing in the poison of illegal drugs, violently resisting apprehension and carrying a deadly weapon to protect his stash, Andrew Whittington is the exact person Congress had in mind when it passes the law making it illegal for a felon to possess a firearm," Peeler said in a prepared statement. "He richly deserves the hefty sentence he received (Wednesday)."
An earlier version of this story stated Whittington was sentenced to 110 years.