From http://www.wbtv.com, April 13, 2016
Twelve people are facing drug charges in a joint federal and local operation, with emphasis on the Hidden Valley area in Charlotte.
The U.S. Attorney’s office announced 12 people are facing charges related to the possession and distribution of crack cocaine. On March 17, a federal grand jury returned the criminal indictment, which was unsealed Wednesday after eight of the defendants were arrested.
Angelo Brown, James Ratcliff, Derandell Stewart, Larry Reid Jr.,Breon Montrez Massey, Ronald Dean Coleman Jr., Thomas Decarlo Perry, Dale Mathews, Kenneth Reid, Kenneth Gray, Toney Robinson and Darius Robinson were named in the federal indictment.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the ATF conducted the joint investigation, which was aimed at reducing drug distribution and drug-related criminal activity. The investigation was meant to increase safety in Mecklenburg County with special emphasis on the Hidden Valley area.
“In this particular indictment we’ve really focused on the Hidden Valley area and again to clean up segments of that community that needed to make it better for the citizens that live there, U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said.
The 12 people are charged with conspiracy to distribute, posses with intent to distribute crack cocaine and other drug-related offenses.
Federal warrants were issued against Ratcliff, Coleman, Mathews and Darius Robinson.
“There is some gang activity that is involved,” Rose said, but says “this isn’t at the level of the gang problems we’ve seen in Hidden valley before.”
The 12 defendants face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
“We’ve done beutification projects as well in Hidden Valley, Rose says calling Hidden Valley “a great little neighborhood”
“Yes it does have some crime pockets and yes it has some crime problems but we also know it’s not a bad place to live and we are doing our part to help get that message out,” Rose says.