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Arizona Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

April 19, 2012

United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District of North Carolina

For Cocaine and Crack Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

Five Additional Defendants Have Also Been Sentenced In Connection With the Investigation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Patrick Jerome Boyd, 38, of Chandler, Ariz. was sentenced today to serve 20 years in federal prison to be followed by ten years of supervised release for cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 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, for cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking to 200 months in prison and ten years of supervised release. Lurry’s sentence included a mandatory five year consecutive sentence for the firearms possession charge.

• Shanriqua Monique Henderson, 33 of Gastonia, N.C., was sentenced today for cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

• Orlisha Chivon Floyd, 22, of Gastonia, was sentenced on July 19, 2011, for cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy to 24 months and one day in prison and five years of supervised release.

• Christina Renee Flores, 30, of Chandler, Ariz., was sentenced on October 17, 2011, for cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

• Warren Beck, 30, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., was sentenced on July 26, 2011, for money laundering conspiracy to 18 months in prison and two years supervised release. 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 four handguns.

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.

United States v. Boyd et al; Case Number 3:10-cr-72;
United States v. Lurry; Case Number 3:09-cr-201;
United States v. Floyd; Case Number 3:10-cr-190;
United States v. Beck; Case Number 3:10-cr-191; and 3:12-po-1.




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