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6 sentenced in Mecklenburg drug cases

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office says it got convictions or guilty pleas in six of seven drug cases heard in Superior Court last week.

The one exception was in the case of James Mayfield, a 27-year-old accused of cocaine sale and delivery. A mistrial was declared after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

Convicted in jury trials were Roland Hughes and Brandon Lindsey. Four other suspects – Justin Gadsden, Erron Orr, Belbin Valles and Ricardo Viera – entered guilty pleas.

Hughes was convicted on three drug-related charges and was sentenced to 25 to 30 months in prison. He was arrested in January 2012, after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a search of Hughes’ residence turned up evidence of a hydroponic marijuana-growing operation. Police said they found 140 marijuana plants and 51 bags of cut marijuana.

Lindsey, 32, was convicted on a charge of cocaine possession. He was sentenced to eight to 10 months in prison, but that sentence will be suspended if he completes a 30-day probation period.

Gadsden got 12 months’ probation on a drug paraphernalia guilty plea. Orr, 38, received 18 months’ probation on a felony marijuana possession charge. He also must complete drug education classes.

Valles, 41, was sentenced to 35 to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to cocaine trafficking, sale and delivery, and possession with intent to sell or deliver.

Viera, 20, was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to sale and delivery of heroin, and possession with intent to sell or deliver. Viera’s prison term was suspended if he completes an 18-month probation period and serves 39 days in county jail.

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