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8 Charlotte men sentenced to prison for running ‘open-air’ drug market

Eight Charlotte men were convicted Friday in federal district court on drug trafficking conspiracy charges and sentenced to terms ranging from a year to 110 months.

The eight were part of an open-air drug market that formed and operated in the Beatties Ford Road and Catherine Simmons Avenue areas in west Charlotte from May 2014 to February 2015, court records show.

The market was run from parking lots at two strip shopping centers on Beatties Ford Road, and several locations on Catherine Simmons Avenue, with the men selling drugs, mostly crack cocaine, all hours of the day and night, said a release from U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose’s office. They were also frequently involved in violent acts, frightening residents and business owners.

In sentencing the eight, U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad said residents and businesses suffered from the drug sales.

The eight sentenced are:

▪ Noel Rondell “Floyd” Alexander, 26; sentenced to 16 months followed by three years of supervised release.

▪ Akanni “KB” Butler, 30; sentenced to 110 months followed by three years of supervised release.

▪ Anthony “Sanchez” Carter, 27; sentenced to two years followed by three years of supervised release.

▪ Isaac “Ike” Hampton, 27; sentenced to a year followed by three years of supervised release.

▪ William Kee III, 21; sentenced to two years followed by three years of supervised release.

▪ Rodney “Man” Smith, 23; sentenced to 33 months followed by three years of supervised release.

▪ Antonio “Pooh” Sullivan, 37; sentenced to 52 months followed by three years of supervised release.

▪ Vincent Thompson, 33; sentenced to a year followed by three years of supervised release.

David Perlmutt: 704-358-5061, @dperlmutt

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