Violent Crimes Task Force Arrests 9 on Weapons and Drug Charges

From by GLENN COUNTS, February 27, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than 10 motels line the I-85 Sugar Creek corridor, but the area is not known for hospitality, it’s known for crime.

Early Monday morning Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and other members of the Violent Crimes Task Force arrested 9 suspects on drugs and weapon charges.

“Pretty much they used a lot of the hotels to set up shop 24-hours a day 7-days a week”, said CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe.

The Chief says the investigation started 5 months ago. Lt. Ken Schull is responsible for the area.  He has heard complaints from the neighboring Hidden Valley community for years.

“It’s been a struggle dealing with the problem and the reputation the hotel corridor promoted is not good for the Hidden Valley community,” said Schull.

One of the people arrested Monday was not a target. Police went to the home of retired CMPD officer Ted Kennedy.

Sources tell News channel 36, they were looking for the boyfriend of Kennedy’s daughter.  They didn’t find him, but located drugs and weapons in the home and arrested Kennedy.

U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins says the number of guns they found during this investigation speaks to the violence of the suspects.

“18 firearms were taken off the street including an UZI Assault Rifle, a bullet proof vest, 1.3 kilos of cocaine, and over 100 grams of crack were seized”, said Tompkins.

In addition to the arrests the City of Charlotte has filed a nuisance action against “America Best” located on Sugar Creek. Police say the management would not work with them to clear up problems on the property.

“We also believe it’s going to send a strong message to others that seek to come in and out of that area,” said Chief Monroe

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