Gaston County residents indicted in crack cocaine bust

CHARLOTTE – Ten Gaston County residents, including one Belmont man, were indicted last month for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.

According to Anne M. Thompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, a Charlotte federal grand jury returned the two-count indictment, charging the defendants with one count of conspiracy to distribute 280 or more grams of crack cocaine and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

Those charged include:

• Kennis Dominque Coleman, AKA “K.C.,” 32, of Belmont

• John William Abrams, AKA “Fatboy,” 25, of Gastonia

• James Lewis Gordon, AKA “Killa B,” 28, of Gastonia

• Tamarris DaWayn Lewis, AKA “Boonka,” 23, of Gastonia

• Ricky Eugene Lynn, AKA “Lil Ricky,” 25, of Gastonia

• Jarvis Sentell Lynn, AKA “Little D,” 24, incarcerated in the N.C Department of Corrections

• Jasmon Delshon Mackey, AKA “Jaz,” 30, of Gastonia

• Irait Yeshua Martinez, AKA “Chino,” 28, of Gastonia

• Jared Evan McClellan, AKA “Big Jared,” 23, of Stanley

• Martino Omar Smith, AKA “Tino,” 25 of Gastonia

If convicted, each defendant faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $2 million fine.

The case is brought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, with help from the Mount Holly Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the Gastonia Police Department, the Gaston County Police Department, the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, the N.C. Department of Probation and Parole, the State Bureau of Investigation, the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office and the Gaston County Probation Office. The prosecution is being handled for the government by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas Kent and Jill Rose of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

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