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Three Men Sentenced To Prison For Marijuana Trafficking

July 10, 2012

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three individuals were sentenced today for their role in a large marijuana trafficking and money laundering conspiracy operating in Charlotte and Gaston County, North Carolina, in Los Angeles, California, and elsewhere, 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 Brock D. Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of ICE/Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Atlanta and the Carolinas and Chief Rodney D. Monroe of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).

According to official court documents and court proceedings, from 2007 to 2010 the defendants shipped over a ton of marijuana from Los Angeles to the Charlotte area in more than 20 commercial crates as well as in smaller packages. The defendants also laundered their drug proceeds by making large cash deposits in bank accounts in North Carolina, with the suppliers and their co-conspirators withdrawing the funds soon thereafter in California.

The sentences imposed today by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. are as follows:

• Ahmed Daniel Crockett, 32, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to 235 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release;

• Shondu Lamar Lynch, 32, of Concord, N.C., was sentenced to 96 months in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release. Lynch’s sentence was enhanced because of his additional conviction for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; and,

• Robert Jonathan Brown, 29, of Gastonia, N.C., was sentenced to 58 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Judge Conrad previously sentenced three additional defendants in connection with this case:

• Goldie Frances Crockett, 30, of Los Angeles, was sentenced on February 24, 2012, to 60 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release;

• Sharon Kelsey-Brown, 45, of Waxhaw, N.C., was sentenced on February 24, 2012, to 60 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release; and

• Gerren Ezekiel Darty, 27, of Los Angeles, who was originally charged in the same bill of indictment as the five defendants, was sentenced in a related indictment on November 16, 2011, to 188 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Ahmed Crockett, Lynch, and Brown are currently in local federal custody. Upon designation of a federal facility they will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where Goldie Crockett, Kelsey-Brown, and Darty have already been transferred. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The investigation was led by HSI and CMPD, with the assistance of the Gastonia Police Department, the Concord Police Department, the Mooresville Police Department, the Pineville Police Department, the Huntersville Police Department, the Kannapolis Police Department, the Cornelius Police Department, the Waxhaw Police Department, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the Culver City, Calif. Police Department. The prosecution for the government was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

United States v. Crockett et al; 3:10-cr-245




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