WILMINGTON — The Tuscarora clan chief accused of being the head of a narcotics distribution ring in Robeson County was denied bond on Monday by a federal magistrate.
Mitchell Locklear, Tuscarora Indian Nation Beaver Clan chief, was one of seven men arrested earlier this month on federal charges of distribution of cocaine and marijuana.
Locklear, 54; his son, Christopher Locklear, 34; Timmy Lloyd Hunt, 42; Torrey Locklear, 37; Kevin Dwayne Revels, 35; Brandon Locklear; all of Maxton, and 30-year-old Kevin Clark, of Rowland, were each charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine. Torrey Locklear and Clark also were each charged with oxycodone distribution, and Revels also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The complaint filed in U.S. District Court claims the seven were the principle players in a narcotics operation that distributed hundreds of kilograms of marijuana and dozens of kilograms of cocaine. More than 60 firearms were seized by federal and local law enforcement during a March 16 raid.
Two members of the alleged drug trafficking organization, Revels and Clark, both waived a detention hearing and also will remain in jail. Revels has a previous drug trafficking conviction, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety records.
Torrey Locklear and Christopher Locklear had their bond hearings moved to April 4 because their attorneys could not be present for Monday’s hearing.
Brandon D. Locklear and Hunt were each granted a $25,000 unsecured bond. Individuals on bond are monitored by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
With Mitchell Locklear being denied bond, the U.S. Attorney’s office withdrew a motion to limit his access to evidence and affidavits sworn against him. In court documents, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence Cameron stated that wire taps and affidavits contain the names of witnesses and others not charged in this case.
“Disclosure of the information contained in discovery may jeopardize the safety of defendants, witnesses,” the document states.
Mitchell Locklear’s attorney objected to the motion, but it was withdrawn before a judge could rule.
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