Crime

13 Charlotte suspects arrested in federal drug investigation

Antonio Sullivan
Antonio Sullivan U.S. Attorney’s Office, Charlotte

After an eight-month investigation, FBI agents and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police rounded up 13 of 15 suspects early Friday in a federal crack cocaine trafficking and conspiracy case.

The investigation focused on drug sales on a street corner in the Beatties Ford Road area, authorities said.

If convicted on all charges, the defendants could spend the rest of their lives in prison.

“Today’s arrests are the result of a coordinated effort of law enforcement partners, working together to target a hot spot for criminal activity,” U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said in announcing the arrests. “We will continue to work side-by-side to identify and prosecute those who are responsible for spreading drugs in our streets and wreaking havoc in our neighborhoods.”

All of those arrested are from Charlotte. They are:

▪  Noel Rondell Alexander, a/k/a “Floyd,” 25, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, six counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Alexander faces a total maximum 160 years in prison and $11 million in fines.

▪  Akanni Butler, a/k/a “KB,” 29, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and three counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Butler faces a total maximum 100 years in prison and $8 million in fines.

▪  Anthony Carter, a/k/a “Sanchez,” 26, two counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and five counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Carter faces a total maximum 180 years in prison and $15 million in fines.

▪  Akeem Ford, a/k/a “Nike,” 21, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and four counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Ford faces a total maximum 120 years in prison and $9 million in fines.

▪  Kenate Funderburk, a/k/a “Tay,” 35, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and three counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Funderburk faces a total maximum 100 years in prison and $8 million in fines.

▪  Isaac Hampton, a/k/a “Ike,” 26, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and six counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Hampton faces a total maximum 160 years in prison and $11 million in fines.

▪  William Kee III, 20, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and four counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Kee faces a total maximum 120 years in prison and $9 million in fines.

▪  Anthony C. Lindsay, a/k/a “Chez,” 26, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and three counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Lindsay faces a total maximum 100 years in prison and $8 million in fines.

▪  Keith Rivera, 23, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Rivera faces a total maximum 80 years in prison and $7 million in fines.

▪  Rodney Smith, a/k/a “Man,” 22, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, seven counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Smith faces a total maximum 190 years in prison and $12 million in fines.

▪  Jonathan Stewart, a/k/a “J Rock,” 29, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and four counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Stewart faces a total maximum 120 years in prison and $9 million in fines.

▪  Vincent Thompson, 32, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and four counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Thompson faces a total maximum 120 years in prison and $9 million in fines.

▪  Jamel Watson, a/k/a “Man,”18, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Watson faces a total maximum 80 years in prison and $7 million in fines.

The two who haven’t been arrested yet are :

▪  Shemia Glenn, a/k.a “Pooh,” 22, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and three counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Glenn faces a total maximum 100 years in prison and $8 million in fines.

▪  Antonio Sullivan, a/k/a “Pooh, 36, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and three counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Sullivan faces a total maximum 100 years in prison and $8 million in fines.

Six more Charlotte defendants face state drug and related charges. Four are in custody: Demontrez Mobley, 21, Kadarian Cortez Ford, 18, Larry Yeargin, 36, an Elijah Parker, 20.

Scott Mayfield, 26, and Ty’Darrien Cortez Ford, 20, haven’t been arrested yet.

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