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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fugitive Drug Trafficker Sentenced To More Than 12 Years

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. sentenced yesterday Reginald Glenn Patterson to 151 months in prison on drug conspiracy and money laundering charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Patterson, 45, of Los Angeles, California, was also ordered to serve 10 years under court supervision after he is released from prison.

U.S. Attorney Rose is joined in making today’s announcement by Nick Annan, Special Agent in Charge of ICE/Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Georgia and the Carolinas and Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

According to filed documents and statements made in court, Patterson was indicted in 2003 for his involvement in a drug conspiracy operating in the Charlotte area.  He was arrested on federal charges in Los Angeles, California, in May 2003, and was subsequently released on a $50,000 bond.  Court records show that in June 2005, Patterson failed to appear for his sentencing hearing in Charlotte and was declared a fugitive.  According to court records, law enforcement obtained information on Patterson’s whereabouts over the course of an unrelated drug trafficking investigation and arrested Patterson in June 2015 in central California.  Patterson previously admitted in court to trafficking over 3,000 kilograms of marijuana in and around Charlotte.

Patterson will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.  Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The investigation was led by HSI and CMPD. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sanjeev Bhasker, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.

Updated October 12, 2016