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43 arrested in Hickory-area crime sweep

District Attorney James Gaither
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District Attorney James Gaither

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  • Arrested in Hickory operation

    Those arrested Tuesday were identified by federal prosecutors as:

    Kadeem Jamal Albright, 21, hometown unknown – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Chaetez Sean Clayton, 23, Hickory – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Kianta Martese Davis, 21, Conover – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Traquan Rashaad Davis, 20, Conover – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime.

    Keon Maurquie Gaither, 25, hometown unknown – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Israel Lerock Linebarger, 22, Conover – dealing in firearms without a license.

    Larry Jermaine Linebarger, 26, Conover – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Jeffrey Lashaw Maddox, 27, hometown unknown –conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Anthony Lamar Mason, 24, Hickory – possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Anthony Roger Mull, 28, Hickory –conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Kenneth Demond Norman, 35, Hickory – possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Eric Jay Ramirez, 33, Hickory – possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Tyree Dorian Rhinehardt, 21, Hickory – possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Cortez Lamar Rogers, 31, hometown unknown – possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Dorrian Debrell Shuford, 20, Newton – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Brandon Jaqwan Sifford, 22, Hickory – possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime.

    Larry Elwood Steptoe, 33, hometown unknown – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Marquice Tyrone Streeter, 25, Hickory – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Donnell Lavon Thomas, 39, Hickory – possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    In addition, authorities say nine people already jailed on state charges have been charged by the federal government. They were identified as:

    Damion Jordan Armstrong, 22, hometown unknown, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Xavier Ahmad Cade, 22, Hickory – possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Brandon Colbert, 26, Hickory – possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Kerston Deshawn Edwards, 24, Lincolnton – possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    William Shalon Linebarger, 27, hometown unknown – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Kenteze Rayvon Martin, 23, Shelby – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Christopher Durand Myers, 34, hometown unknown – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Donald Lavar Ramseur, 24, Hickory – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Paris Michael Thompson, 24, hometown unknown – conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

    Arrested on state charges were (hometowns not available):

    Ivan Leonard Castillijo, 22 – selling marijuana; possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

    Ladorcia Lorraine Ellis, 21 – possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance.

    Michael Louis Hughes, 26 – possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance; sale or delivery of a controlled substance.

    Eugene Thomas Ikard, 34 – possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance; selling cocaine; conspiracy to sell cocaine.

    Larry Terrill Jenkins, 36 – possession of weapon by a convicted felon; possession with intent to sell a controlled substance; selling cocaine.

    Craig Manuel Lopez, 36 – possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

    Willie Jeff Maddox, 54 – selling cocaine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance; conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine.

    Chaleh “Woody” Noi, 23 – sale or delivery of marijuana; possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

    Susan Barnes Puckett, 45 – possession with intent to sell a controlled substance.

    Justin Michael Shuford, 23 – possession with intent to sell a controlled substance; selling marijuana.

    Eric Randolph Smith, 23 – possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance; selling a controlled substance.

    Damian Maurice Surratt, 20 – possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance.

    Brad Rodriguez White, 32 – possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Datavis Mochae Woods, 23 – selling cocaine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance; sale or delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance; possession with intent to sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance.

    John Yang, 34 – possession with intent to sell a controlled substance.



Federal law enforcement officials say 43 people have been charged after a year-long investigation into drug and firearms dealing in the Hickory area.

Authorities say 19 people were arrested Tuesday on federal charges, and federal complaints were filed against another nine people already facing state charges.

Fifteen other suspects were jailed on state charges.

Justice Department officials say federal indictments were returned by a grand jury two weeks ago but remained sealed until Tuesday’s arrests. The law enforcement sweep was the climax of an investigation that began 12 months ago and targeted alleged drug and firearms dealing.

Federal officials say the initiative resulted in the seizure of more than 80 firearms, including 19 rifles, 10 shotguns and a short-barrel shotgun. Authorities say they also seized more than 21/2 pounds of cocaine and a half-pound of marijuana.

“This morning’s arrest of 19 offenders is part of my office’s ongoing effort to combat drug trafficking and gun violence throughout our district,” U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said.

District Attorney James Gaither praised the effort by federal authorities.

“This is a major commitment of resources from the ATF for a city the size of Hickory,” Gaither said. “We intend to follow up on this excellent collaborative effort with aggressive prosecution.”

Hickory police Chief Tom Adkins said the sweep “will have a lasting impact on reducing violence and taking drugs off the streets of Hickory and other communities in Catawba County.”

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