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Police target alleged gang members, arrest 20

A joint effort by local, state and federal law enforcement officials led to the arrest of 20 people on a variety of firearms and drug charges, authorities say.

The sweep, led by the N.C. Department of Public Safety and dubbed “Operation Summer Jam,” targeted suspects in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties, according to authorities. They said it took place June 23-26, but the arrests were announced late last week.

“Operations like this one go a long way in helping protect our communities,” said Anne Precythe, director of community supervision for the Department of Public Safety.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, who were part of the effort, said the operation targeted a number of alleged gang members who were on probation or parole. Joining in the operation were police in Concord and Kannapolis, the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus county sheriff’s offices, the N.C. Highway Patrol, the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI.

“These efforts should reassure citizens that law enforcement will not allow criminal street gangs to hold them hostage in their own neighborhoods,” said Johnny Hawkins, director of the Department of Public Safety’s Security Services.

Authorities said officers operating in Mecklenburg County conducted 29 searches and seized five firearms, four of which were allegedly stolen; 20 grams of cocaine; 60 grams of marijuana; and more than $10,000 in cash.

In Cabarrus County, officers conducted 20 searches and seized four firearms, 100 grams of marijuana, Ecstasy and prescription pills, and $900 in cash.

Those arrested in Mecklenburg County, according to authorities, were:

Carlos Almonte, 24, possession of a firearm by a felon; felony post-release violation; possession of marijuana.

Matthew Brown, 26, possession with intent to sell and distribute cocaine; maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; misdemeanor probation violation.

Chico Caldwell, 26, felony post-release violation; possession of cocaine; possession of marijuana.

William Ellis, 20, felony probation violation; felony post-release violation; possession of a firearm by a felon; resisting a public officer; carrying a concealed weapon; possession of a stolen firearm; assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Tydarrien Ford, 19, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shamon Goins, 24, robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Glenn Gray, 23, misdemeanor marijuana possession; possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ahkeem Hardwich, 22, misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Khadius Marshall, 18, four felony probation violations; conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Robert McClinton, 24, felony probation violation; misdemeanor marijuana possession; possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jesus Rodriguez, 23, possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of a stolen firearm; possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dondrae Stewart, 21, felony probation violation; possession of a stolen firearm; possession of a firearm by a felon; carrying a concealed weapon.

Des-Mon Thompson, 23, felony probation violation; robbery with a dangerous weapon; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dupree Thompson, 23, felony probation violation, robbery with a dangerous weapon; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested in Cabarrus County, according to authorities, were:

James Bellamy, 18, misdemeanor probation violation.

Jonathan Blakeney, 21, possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chris Grisconis, 18, three felony probation violations; possession of a firearm by a felon; possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

Haywood Forte, 23, felony probation violation; possession of a firearm by a felon; possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana; maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; felony possession of marijuana.

James Quinn, 25, possession of a controlled substance.

Chris Whitaker, 28, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia.

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