News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 19, 2012
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Patrick Boyd Gets 20 Years for Trafficking Cocaine, Crack Cocaine
--Five Additional Case Defendants Also Sentenced--

April 19 (Charlotte, NC) – Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, announced today that Patrick Jerome Boyd, 38, of Chandler, Arizona, was sentenced to serve 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by ten years of supervised release for cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta Field Division, which oversees the Charlotte District Office, Chief Rodney D. Monroe of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), and Chief James W. Buie of the Gaston County Police Department (GPD). 

To date, five additional defendants have been sentenced in connection with the investigation:

  • Melvin Lurry, 30, of Bronx, N.Y., was sentenced on April 11, 2011 to 200 months in prison for cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and ten years supervised release. His sentence included a mandatory five year consecutive sentence for the firearms possession charge.
  • Shanriqua Monique Henderson, 33 of Gastonia, N.C., was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy and three years supervised release.
  • Orlisha Chivon Floyd, 22, of Gastonia, N.C., was sentenced on July 19, 2011 to 24 months and one day in prison for cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy and five years supervised release.
  • Christina Renee Flores, 30, of Chandler, Arizona, was sentenced on October 17, 2011 to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release for cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy.
  • Warren Beck, 30, of Lehigh Acres, Florida, was sentenced on July 26, 2011 to 18 months in prison and two years supervised release for money laundering conspiracy. Beck failed to self-surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons post-sentencing, therefore he received an additional four months in prison for contempt.

According to filed court documents and court proceedings, as part of the investigation, law enforcement agents made undercover purchases of crack cocaine from Lurry, who used Floyd as a “runner.” While conducting the investigation, law enforcement agents discovered that Boyd was the Arizona-based source of supply for the cocaine. Boyd used Henderson as a courier and Flores and Beck as money launderers. During the investigation, law enforcement agents seized approximately 1,000 grams of powder cocaine, approximately 1,000 grams of crack cocaine, and several firearms.

All defendants are currently in federal custody. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. The case was investigated by DEA, the GPD, and CMPD, and the prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman.

Harry S. Sommers, SAC of the DEA Atlanta Field Division encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com , www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov .

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