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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Six Drug Traffickers Are Sentenced To Federal Prison

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney has ordered six defendants responsible for trafficking narcotics in Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties to serve prison terms ranging from seven to 25 years, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

The federal prosecutions are the result of investigations conducted by the Western District’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which focuses on disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking networks operating in Western North Carolina.

The charges the defendants were convicted of and the sentences they received are as follows:

  • Dietrich O’Brian Sarratt, 37, of Gastonia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on May 19, 2021, to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and was sentenced on Tuesday to 300 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Daniel William Brock, IV, 35, of York, South Carolina, pleaded guilty on May 6, 2021, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced on Tuesday to 228 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Dakota Reese Davis, 34, of Maiden, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on April 21, 2021, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced on Tuesday to 144 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Christopher Dewayne Jenkins, 31, of Gastonia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on April 7, 2021, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Chad Richard Tate, 51, of Cherryville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on January 26, 2021, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced on Tuesday to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Mildred Marie Johnson Colon, 33, of Dallas, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on November 5, 2020, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced on Tuesday to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Since 2019, these OCDETF investigations have led to the federal prosecution of more than 60 individuals for drug trafficking, and law enforcement have seized more than 87 kilograms of narcotics, including over 24 kilograms of fentanyl, 66 firearms, more than $385,000 in cash, and over $800,000 in other property. 

OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles criminal organizations using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, the Huntersville Police Department, and the Gastonia Police Department for their investigative efforts.

Assistant United States Attorney Steven Kaufman, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, is in charge of the prosecution.

 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated March 2, 2022