News Release
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Four Lowcountry Men Sentenced for Meth

APR 15 -- Columbia, South Carolina---- Acting United States Attorney Kevin F. McDonald and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Atlanta Field Division (AFD) announced today that Wendell Chinners, Jr., age 23, Ryan Kenneth Grooms, age 34, and Charles Steven Weaver, age 20, all of Summerville, and Jimmy Franklin King, Jr., age 20, Eutawville, South Carolina, were sentenced in federal court in Charleston for federal conspiracy charges related to the making and distribution of methamphetamine. Chinners also was sentenced for possessing a firearm while engaged in drug trafficking, and King was also sentenced for maintaining a residence for manufacturing methamphetamine. Chief United States District Judge David C. Norton sentenced Chinners to 180 month in federal prison, Grooms to 166 months, Weaver to 96 months, and King to 60 months.

The men admitted making and distributing methamphetamine between January 2007 and July 2008. The charges arose after Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies executed search warrants at the residences of Chinners, Grooms, and King, where evidence of methamphetamine labs was uncovered.

The case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew J. Modica of the Charleston office handled the case.

DEA Atlanta’s SAC Benson encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at, and