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Rock Hill man accused in gun-running plot pleads not guilty in N.Y.; denied bond

The man charged with being the ringleader of a gun-running scheme from Rock Hill to New York City has been denied bond following his first appearance in a New York court after his August arrest.

Earl Campbell, 23, was in court Friday after fighting extradition from Charlotte for more than a month before relenting.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and will remain in custody until his next court date, said Kati Cornell, spokeswoman for the New York City Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

Campbell, nicknamed “Tall Man” by police who tailed the 6-foot-6 former Northwestern High School athlete for almost a year, is accused of masterminding the largest illegal gun seizure in New York City history.

He was charged with 237 felonies, including possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy, after investigators say he sold 90 guns, including assault rifles, to an undercover officer in New York City from October 2012 through July of this year.

Campbell faces up to life in prison if convicted in the scheme police claim netted him more than $75,000. He is accused of having others buy guns in South Carolina, then riding a bus to New York to sell the weapons in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

In all, 19 people from South Carolina, North Carolina and New York were arrested, including seven others from Rock Hill who are accused of supplying guns to Campbell and others.

Campbell’s girlfriend, Kendall Jones, 23, of Rock Hill, who is accused of selling guns in New York, continues to fight extradition on five felonies. She remains in the Mecklenburg County jail in Charlotte on charges of possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy.

The next court date for Campbell and all the other defendants in the case is Dec. 12, Cornell said. At that time the judge will rule on motions.

Other Rock Hill defendants include:

Larick Michaux, 26, who faces 49 felony charges and up to life in prison if convicted. His charges include possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy. He is in jail in New York under a $1 million bond.

Warquisha “Choppers” Michaux, 28, who faces 15 charges that could carry more than 75 years in jail. Her charges include possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy. She is in jail in New York under a $1 million bond.

Chris Hill, 24, who faces three felony weapons charges, two for sale of firearms and one conspiracy charge, was denied bond this month.

Brandon Potts, 24, whose charges include possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy, also remains jailed.

Arthur Antonio Barber, 27, was released on a $100,000 bond after his arrest on possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy charges.

Marcel Dyess, 21, of Rock Hill, serving a year in a South Carolina prison for a hit-and-run conviction, faces four charges of possession and sale of a firearm and conspiracy.

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