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7 found guilty in Mecklenburg drug cases

A Charlotte man was sentenced to nearly three years in prison after being convicted last week in a Mecklenburg County court on drug trafficking charges, the District Attorney’s office says.

Marty Lewis, 43, was sentenced by Judge Linwood Foust to between 35 and 51 months in prison. Lewis was among seven people found guilty of drug charges in Mecklenburg County last week.

A jury convicted Lewis of trafficking in cocaine by transportation; trafficking in cocaine by possession; possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; and possession of marijuana.

Investigators said Lewis was stopped by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in early February 2013. Prosecutors said police alleged the vehicle smelled like marijuana. Officers said they found marijuana and 124 grams (4 ounces) of cocaine.

According to court records, Lewis is appealing his conviction.

Prosecutors said six other defendants entered guilty pleas in their cases:

Dontavis Davis, 35, felony possession of marijuana; sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation.

Shea Kirkpatrick, 24, felony possession of marijuana; 4-14 months in prison, suspended if Kirkpatrick completes 18 months of supervised probation.

Lamont Lindsey, 27, felony possession of marijuana; 5-15 months in prison, suspended if Lindsey compltes 12 months of supervised probation.

John Miller, 22, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia; 6-17 months in prison, suspended if Miller completes 18 months of supervised probation.

Efren Torres-Rodriguez, 29, trafficking in cocaine by possession; 35-51 months in prison.

Tracy Watts, 42, trafficking in heroin by possession; 70-93 months in prison.

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