43 charged in Catawba County drug, gun roundup

43 charged in Catawba County drug, gun roundup

Credit: Hickory Police Department

Dozens of individuals were charged in connection with a seven-month-long drug and gun sting conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Click through photos to see mug shots and charges of those arrested.

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 12:10 PM

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. -- Tuesday morning, 19 suspects were arrested in Catawba County as part of a seven-month-long multi-agency investigation.

Federal indictments were returned in mid-October for 28 suspects, nine of whom were already in state custody.

Authorities say the investigation began in October 2012, targeting individuals who participated in illegal drug transactions and gun trafficking in and around Hickory.

The initiative resulted in the seizure of more than 80 firearms, including 53 handguns, 19 rifles, 10 shotguns and one short barrel shotgun, in addition to the seizure of more than 1,425 grams of narcotics, including over 1,125 grams of cocaine and more than 230 grams of marijuana, with a total street value of over $55,000.

Participating in the round-up were the ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, Hickory Police Department, Newton Police Department, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Conover Police Department, and Longview Police Department.

Authorities say among the arrestees are drug traffickers, members and associates of drug trafficking organizations, convicted felons, as well as several local gang members.

The federal suspects arrested during the round-up were:

  • Kadeem Jamal Albright, 21, address unknown.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Marquice Tyrone Streeter, 25, of Hickory.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Kianta Martese Davis, 21, of Conover, N.C.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Keon Maurquie Gaither, 25, address unknown.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Chaetez Sean Clayton, 23, of Hickory.

Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Tyree Dorian Rhinehardt, 21, of Hickory.

Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Isreal Lerock Linebarger, 22, of Conover.

Dealing in firearms without a license

  • Larry Jermaine Linebarger, 26, address unknown.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Larry Elwood Steptoe, 33, address unknown.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Jeffrey Lashaw Maddox 27, address unknown.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Anthony Roger Mull, 28, of Hickory.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

  • Kenneth Demond Norman, 35, of Hickory.

Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Eric Jay Ramirez, 33, of Hickory.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

  • Cortez Lamar Rogers, 31, address unknown.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

  • Dorrian Debrell Shuford, 20, of Newton, N.C.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Traquon Rashaad Davis, 20, of Conover.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

  • Brandon Jaqwan Sifford, 22, of Hickory.

Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

  • Anthony Lamar Mason, 24, of Hickory.

Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Donnell Lavon Thomas, 39, of Hickory.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Another nine suspects charged in connection with the roundup were already in state custody.

Those charged federally are:

  • Damion Jordan Armstrong, 22, address unknown.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

  • Xavier Ahmad Cade, 22, of Hickory.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

  • Brandon Colbert, 26, of Hickory.

Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Kerston Deshawn Edwards, 24, of Lincolnton, N.C.

Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • William Shalon Linebarger, 27, address unknown.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Kenteze Rayvon Martin, 23, of Shelby, N.C.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Christopher Durand Myers, 34, address unknown.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Donald Lavar Ramseur, 24, of Hickory.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

  • Paris Michael Thompson, 24, address unknown.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine
 
Additionally, 15 other suspects were charged by the state in the roundup, bringing the total charged to 43.

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