Laurinburg Exchange | One member of alleged drug gang takes plea deal – North Carolina News

Laurinburg Exchange | One member of alleged drug gang takes plea deal –  North Carolina News

WILMINGTON — One of the 12 people charged with running a drug trafficking organization out of the Maxton area has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Torrey Locklear, 37, accepted a plea agreement at his arraignment. He was one of the people charged in the wake of a federal investigation in which law enforcement personnel case say more than a ton of marijuana and several kilograms of cocaine were distributed.

“Torrey Locklear pleaded guilty to count one, conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, a quantity of cocaine, and a quantity of cocaine base,” a Department of Justice spokesperson said Thursday. “(Other) counts will be dismissed at sentencing. The actual plea agreement is sealed and not available to the public.”

The plea agreement between Locklear and the Department of Justice has been accepted by a judge. Its terms will not be made public until after his sentencing hearing, currently scheduled for Sept. 11. He is being held until the case concludes after waiving a detention hearing.

The eight counts to be dismissed as part of the deal are for drug distribution. Those charges stem from dozens of controlled narcotics purchases made by informants who were working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to court documents. The indictment charges 24 of those buys took place between May 5, 2016, and Feb. 17, 2017.

In March a criminal complaint was filed in U.S. District Court naming seven people in a criminal organization led by Mitchell Ray Locklear, also known as Black Mitchell. One FBI agent wrote in an affidavit that he was the North Carolina…

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