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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of North Carolina

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Jill Westmoreland Rose
, United States Attorney
Contact: Lia Bantavani

Sixteen Charged in Drug Conspiracy Operating in Buncombe and Rutherford Counties

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – United States Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose announced today that 16 individuals are facing multiple federal drug charges for their involvement in a drug conspiracy. A criminal indictment was returned on May 18, 2016, and was unsealed today in federal court. Law enforcement arrested 11 of the 16 charged on Tuesday during an early morning round-up. Of the remaining five defendants, one is currently in state custody on state charges and four others have not been arrested yet.

According to allegations contained in the criminal indictment, from on or about September 2014, to about December 2015, the defendants operated as a drug conspiracy responsible for trafficking crack cocaine in and around Buncombe and Rutherford Counties and surrounding areas. The 16 defendants named in the 91-count indictment are each charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and related drug offenses. They are:

  • Marquise Brown, 27, of Asheville, NC. (not arrested)
  • Carlos Byrd, 34, of Asheville, NC. (arrested)
  • Christopher Drayton, 27, of Black Mountain, NC. (arrested)
  • Charles Eric Freeman, 50, of Rutherfordton, NC. (arrested)
  • Tyquise Deandre Griffin, 22, of Asheville, NC. (arrested)
  • Aaron Jones, 35, of Asheville, NC. (in state custody)
  • Richard Kimble, 44, of Asheville, NC. (arrested)
  • Kevin Lamont Logan, 42, of Rutherfordton, NC. (arrested)
  • Roderick Martin, 34, of Asheville, NC. (not arrested)
  • Caliph Devon Mayo, 27, of Canton, NC. (arrested)
  • Tyler McAfee, Age, 23, of Asheville, NC. (arrested)
  • Michael Tyrone Moore, 27, of Asheville, NC. (not arrested)
  • Levar William Morris, 36, of Asheville, NC. (arrested)
  • Quinton Javon Mosley, 33, of Rutherfordton, NC. (arrested)
  • Danyail Antonio Pea, 32, of Asheville, NC. (arrested)
  • Reco Lamar Mosley, 33, of Asheville, NC. (not arrested)

(See chart below for federal charges and penalties for each defendant).

"Today’s arrests are the culmination of a 15-month long investigation conducted by our federal and local law enforcement partners. The defendants charged in the indictment, some of whom have alleged gang ties, operated a drug conspiracy distributing crack cocaine, an illegal substance known for its incredibly high addiction rates and severe, even deadly, effects. The arrest of these individuals will bring immediate relief to neighborhoods affected by their drug trafficking activities and drug-fueled violence. We will continue to work alongside our law enforcement partners to conduct targeted investigations and stem the flow of drugs in our communities," said U.S. Attorney Rose.

Special Agent in Charge Daniel R. Salter of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stated, "Today is a victory not only for the multitude of law enforcement agencies who dismantled this organization, but for the citizens of Buncombe and Rutherford Counties. Now that these criminals have been removed from the streets, the poisonous drugs that they would have sold will never reach the consumer. This effort would not have been successful without the high level of cooperation between our federal, state and local law enforcement counterparts."

"ATF will continue to work closely with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to focus on reducing violent crime in our communities by targeting drug traffickers and the associated violent criminal activity," said C.J. Hyman, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"The strong working relationship between the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, DEA and the U.S. Attorney's Office is a beneficial force multiplier. Many times, narcotics investigations leave county lines and even cross into other states. Having the ability to reach out and further an investigation with federal assistance is the only answer to cases like these. The results of this investigation will have positive effects in our county for a long time," said Sheriff Chris Francis of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

Those arrested this week will appear in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Howell. Arrest warrants have been issued for Marquise Brown, Reco Lamar Mosely, Michael Tyrone Moore and Roderick Martin. Aaron Jones is currently in state custody and will appear in federal court on the federal charges at a later date.

The charges contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Rose praised the outstanding efforts of special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Daniel R. Salter; the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Holloman III; the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John A. Strong; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge C.J. Hyman; deputies of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Van Duncan and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Chris Francis; and officers of the Asheville Police Department under the direction of Chief Tammy Hooper for their work in investigating this case. U.S. Attorney Rose also noted the invaluable assistance provided by the Columbus Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Kent of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville is prosecuting the case.

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

CASE NO.

DEFENDANT

COUNTS

CHARGE

STATUTORY PENALTIES

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1) Marquise Brown

a/k/a Quez

a/k/a Short Boy

a/k/a Key

1

Narcotics conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

    15 Possession with intent to distribute 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    42 Possession with intent to distribute 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    51 Distribution 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,0000
    61 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    63 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
   

64

Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    65 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  2) Carlos Byrd a/k/a Carlos Boyd 1 Narcotics conspiracy 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    60 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    76 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    86 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  3) Christopher Drayton a/k/a CJ 1 Narcotics conspiracy 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,0000
    23 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    31 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    46 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    70 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    80 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  4) Charles Eric Freeman a/k/a Doolittle 1 Narcotics conspiracy 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    7 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    11 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    17 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    44 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    82 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  Tyquise Deandre Griffin  a/k/a Quise 1 Narcotics conspiracy 10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000
    2 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    3 Distribution 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    4 Distribution 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    5 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    6 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    10 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    12 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    15 Possession with intent to distribute 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    16 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    18 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    20 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    22 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    24 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    26 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    28 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    30 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    34 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    38 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    40 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    42 Possession with intent to distribute 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    43 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    45 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    47 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    49 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    52 Possession with intent to distribute 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    53 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    56 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    58 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    59 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    67 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    69 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    71 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    73 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    75 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    77 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    79 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    81 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    83 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    85 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    87 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  6) Aaron Jones a/k/a Daniel Jones 1 Narcotis Conspiracy 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    62 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  7) Richard Kimble a/k/a Tyrone Richard Kimble 1 Narcotis Conspiracy 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    66 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    89 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    90 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  8) Kevin Lamont Logan 1 Narcotis Conspiracy 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    2 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    3 Distribution 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    4 Distribution 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    5 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    6 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    9 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    12 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    14 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    16 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    33 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    37 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    43 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    81 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  9) Roderick Martin a/k/a Cortez Marin  a/k/a Bankroll 1 Narcotics conspiracy 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    41 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    54 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  10) Caliph Devon Mayo 1 Narcotics conspiracy 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    39 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    48 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    72 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    78 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  11) Tyler McAfee a/k/a Five  a/k/a Five Points 1 Narcotics conspiracy 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    2 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    4 Distribution 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    5 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    55 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    57 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  12) Michael Tyrone Moore  a/k/a Oowee 1 Narcotics conspiracy 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    19 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    35 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    68 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    88 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  13) Levar William Morris 1 Narcotics conspiracy 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    25 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    29 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    50 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
  14) Quinton Javon Mosley    a/k/a Pig 1 Narcotics conspiracy 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    8 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    13 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    32 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    36 Distribution 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    91 Possession with intent to distribute 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
  15) Reco Lamar Mosley 1 Narcotics conspiracy 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    3 Distribution 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
  16) Danyail Antonio Pea  a/k/a  Lil A 1 Narcotics conspiracy 5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000
    21 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    27 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    74 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
    84 Possession with intent to distribute 0 to 20 years in prison, maimum fine of $1,000,000
Field Division: Charlotte Field Division