Eight men convicted of drug trafficking charges were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 12 to 110 months, today. The group ran an open-air drug market in Charlotte, North Carolina.
According to today’s sentencing hearings and court documents filed in the case, from about May 2014 to February 2015, the defendants were involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy. The defendants were all part of an open-air drug market that formed in, and operated around, the area of Beatties Ford Road and Catherine Simmons Avenue in Charlotte.
The group carried out its illegal drug trading mainly out of the parking lots of two small strip shopping centers on Beatties Ford Road or in several other locations on Catherine Simmons Avenue, which intersects with Beatties Ford Road.
There, the conspirators sold drugs, mostly “crack” cocaine, all hours of the day and night and frequently engaged in acts of violence, greatly impacting the residents and business owners in this community.
Over the course of today’s sentencing hearings, Judge Conrad noted that all of the residents of that community suffered as a result of these ongoing drug sales.
The investigation was handled by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, of which CMPD is a partner member. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dana Washington of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.
The defendants sentenced today are:
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