April 11, 2014

7 sentenced for drugs, violence in NW Charlotte neighborhood

The defendants were accused of running a drug operation from a house in northwest Charlotte’s Enderly Park neighborhood.

A federal judge has sentenced seven men who prosecutors say were responsible for drug dealing and violence in a northwest Charlotte neighborhood.

The seven are among 10 people arrested last year by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and federal agents after a six-month investigation into drug trafficking in Charlotte, especially in the Enderly Park area. That is between Freedom Drive and Tuckaseegee Road, southeast of Interstate 85.

Federal officials say the other three defendants have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing. The 10 faced a number of drug-related charges, according to authorities.

Undercover agents made about 30 drug purchases between July 2012 and January 2013 from the group at a residence on Karendale Avenue in Enderly Park, according to court documents and testimony during Thursday’s sentencing hearing.

Federal prosecutors said the government is seeking forfeiture of the house where the drug sales took place. That action is pending in court.

Sentenced Thursday were:

Maurice Crawford, age 32, 49 months in prison; Theodore Falls, 39, 40 months in prison; Aaron Ligon, 49, 40 months in prison; Lavar Rodgers, 32, 30 months in prison; Curtis Smith, 37, 30 months in prison; Nathaniel Washington, 31, 24 months in prison; Mario Wilson, 24, 40 months in prison.

Awaiting sentencing, according to prosecutors, are Cadaryl Drayton, Derrick Lowery and Derrick Owens.

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