12 charged with drug conspiracy in Charlotte

Twelve people are facing drug conspiracy charges after a joint federal and local law enforcement operation.

The twelve defendants took part in a drug conspiracy involving the sale of crack cocaine from May 2015 to January 2016, according to documents.

Each defendant is charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and related drug offenses.

  • Angelo Tyrone Brown, 32, of Charlotte.  (arrested)
  • James David Ratliff, 25, of Charlotte. (not arrested)
  • Derandell Lamont Stewart, 32, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Larry Reid, Jr., 41, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Breon Montrez Massey, 33, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Ronald Dean Coleman, Jr., 31, of Charlotte. (not arrested)
  • Thomas Decarlo Perry, 35, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Dale Johnson Mathews, 24, of Charlotte. (not arrested)
  • Kenneth Lanier Reid, 36, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Kenneth Eugene Gray, 33, of Charlotte. (arrested)
  • Toney Riychaad Robinson, 34, of Charlotte. (arrested
  • Darius Kennard Robinson, 35, of Charlotte. (not arrested)

Eight of the defendants were arrested Wednesday morning in a round up. Federal warrants have been issued against James Ratliff, Ronald Coleman, Jr., Dale Mathews and Darius Robinson.

“The  individuals arrested this morning have engaged in multiple drug transactions in an area of Charlotte that has been  plagued  by  drug trafficking and drug-related criminal activity,” said  U.S. Attorney Rose in making today’s announcement. “Thanks to the investigative efforts of CMPD and ATF, we have identified and brought federal charges against those responsible for much of  the drug trafficking activity in that area.  The honest,  hard-working  people  of  Hidden Valley want their streets cleared of drugs.  This is our third such initiative focusing in and around that area  but it  will not  be our last.  As long as drug traffickers continue to return to this  area, bringing  drugs  and drug  fuelled  violence,  we will be primed to address  the criminal activity,”
Rose added.

If found guilty the defendants could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine each.

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