WILMINGTON — More than a week after being indicted on federal drug trafficking charges one member of an alleged Maxton-based criminal organization is still at large.
Andres Garza was included in a 30-count indictment released last week that named 12 people from Robeson County as part of a conspiracy to distribute marijuana, crack cocaine and powder cocaine. All others who were charged have been arrested and have appeared in federal court.
Mitchell Ray Locklear, also known as Black Mitchell, 54; his son, Christopher Mitchell Locklear, 34; Timmy Lloyd Hunt, 42; Torrey Locklear, 37; Kevin Dwayne Revels, 35; Brandon Darris Locklear, all of Maxton; Kevin Jeffery Clark Jr., also known as White Boy Kel, of Rowland; Archie Lynn Strickland, also known as Lump, of Fairmont; Austin Aaron Godwin of Pembroke; Eliseo Enriquez Jr. of Fayetteville; Andrea True Brayboy also known as Angie, of Lumberton; and Garza were indicted on conspiracy to distribute narcotics charges.
Federal and local law enforcement arrested six defendants after a raid on March 16. Authorities seized dozens of firearms and more than $168,000 in cash.
An indictment of greater scope was released last week that included all 12 members, charging them with drug distribution and firearms offenses. That document also said the government will seek forfeiture of the seized cash, firearms and four vehicles allegedly used in illegal activities.
Mitchell Locklear, who is Beaver Clan chief of the Tuscarora Nation, is named as the head of the drug trafficking organization. One FBI agent wrote in an affidavit that he was the North Carolina point man for a criminal narcotics organization that has ties to Texas, Louisiana and Mexico.
This week four of the newly indicted members were scheduled to be in court for detention hearings.
A judge ruled Thursday that two Strickland and Enriquez will be held in federal custody until the case is concluded. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones Jr. determined there is a serious risk that they will endanger the safety of “another person or the community,” according to court documents. Jones also cited the nature of the charges, the fact that the punishment exceeds a decade in prison and “the apparent strength of the government’s case” as reasons for denying the pair bond.
Criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics in the amounts alleged carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $10 million.
Mitchell Locklear also is being held until trial. During his detention hearing, he was labeled as a danger to the community by prosecutors.
Detention hearings for Brayboy and Godwin were postponed until Wednesday. Brayboy had retained her own attorney, Carlton M. Mansfield of Lumberton, but on Thursday asked the court for a public defender.
Christopher Locklear, Mitchell Locklear’s son, is under house arrest at his Maxton home and has been equipped with a GPS monitoring device.
Revels, Torrey Locklear and Clark waived their detention hearings in March and will remain in jail until trial. Revels, who is a felon, according to court records, is the lone defendant facing firearms charges. As part of the indictment he is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm to further drug trafficking activities.
Brandon Locklear and Hunt have been released on $25,000 bonds.
The remaining defendants are awaiting hearings on whether they will be given bond.
Court documents name all 12 members under the conspiracy charge, but the majority of the 30 counts are distribution of marijuana and cocaine charges naming Revels or Torrey Locklear. Those charges stem from dozens of controlled narcotics purchases made by cooperating informants who were working with the FBI, according to court documents. The indictment claims 24 of those buys took place between May 5, 2016, and Feb. 17, 2017.
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