ATF, CMPD arrest 19 in 4-month-long probe

ATF, CMPD arrest 19 in 4-month-long probe

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 8:06 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- More than a dozen alleged drug dealers were arrested Wednesday during an early morning roundup in one of Charlotte's most troubled areas, the Sugar Creek Road/North Tryon/I-85 corridor.

Federal criminal complaints allege some of the suspects sold crack cocaine in the parking lots of fast food restaurants and gas stations in that area, as well as sold drugs in the motels where they lived.

Investigators say these alleged dealers replaced other drug dealers who were busted in a similar operation a year and a half ago, and who are now serving extended prison sentences.

"They're opportunists, and so anytime there was an opportunity to commit a crime, whether it was to rob somebody, to sell narcotics, they were doing it," said Wayne Dixie, ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Division.

(Click here to view the suspects' mug shots and federal charges)

Police say the previous roundup led to noticeable improvements that lasted for a while.

"We saw a sharp decline in both property crimes and violent crimes," said CMPD Captain Rob Dance with the North Tryon Division.

They expect this one will, too.

That's good news for Christina Stephens and her four kids, who moved to the area two years ago.

"It's better they're captured because they won't hurt anybody," she said.

Authorities say it's likely a new round of drug dealers will try to take over, but their intense focus to make this area safer isn't going to stop, and yearly big drug and gun roundups here won't stop either as long as they're needed.

"We're going to be looking at you," Dixie said.

Wednesday's arrests were the culmination of a four month-long investigation which included several undercover drug buys.

Police are still to arrest three more people in this case.

Five others facing charges were already in jail.The U.S. Attorney's Office released the names and charges of those facing federal charges late Wednesday afternoon:

ARRESTED & CHARGED WEDNESDAY
Donuell Johnson a/k/a “Rock,” 29, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Waycus Luckett, a/k/a “Lucky,” 31, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

Erecai Lynch, 26, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

David Ray McCullough, 37, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Christopher Roseboro, 33, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine.

Brandon Tate, 26, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine.

Terrence Tate, 21, of Charlotte.
Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH OPERATION, BUT ALREADY IN CUSTODY

Jerry Lee Edwards, 27, of Charlotte.
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Isiah Ezechukwu, a/k/a “Donte,” 26, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine.

Denis Joel Argueta Gonzalez, 20, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

Jamil Weaks, 19, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine.

Darryl Whiteside, Jr., 26, of Charlotte.
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

WANTED
Rodney Reid, 37, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Jimareo Sherrill,21, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine.

Quandarius Shine, 23, of Charlotte.
Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine.

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