Lawmen sue to seize property of alleged drug dealers

By: By Mike Gellatly -

WILMINGTON — The federal government has filed a lawsuit looking to seize property allegedly used by a Maxton-based drug trafficking organization that is believed to have distributed thousands of pounds of marijuana and dozens of pounds of cocaine.

Lawsuits were filed this past week against the personal property of Mitchell Locklear and his son Christopher Locklear listing vehicles the government wants forfeited.

One filing docketed on Thursday lists a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2016 Ford F-250 registered to Christopher Locklear. Court documents claim the two pickup trucks were used in drug trafficking operations lawmen say the Locklears participated in. Court documents also list more than a dozens of firearms, six vehicles and $168,000 in cash law enforcement agencies intend to seize.

Mitchell Ray Locklear, also known as Black Mitchell, 54; Christopher Mitchell Locklear, 34; Timmy Lloyd Hunt, 42; Torrey Locklear, 37; Kevin Dwayne Revels, 35; Brandon Darris Locklear, all of Maxton; Kevin Jeffery Clark Jr., also known as White Boy Kel, of Rowland; Archie Lynn Strickland, also known as Lump, of Fairmont; Austin Aaron Godwin of Pembroke; Eliseo Enriquez Jr. of Fayetteville; Andrea True Brayboy also known as Angie, of Lumberton; and Andres Garza were indicted in April on conspiracy to distribute narcotics charges. The charging documents outline 30 offenses allegedly committed by the group.

Andres Garza is still at large and is an active target for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to that agency.

Mitchell Locklear, who is Beaver Clan chief of the Tuscarora Nation, is named as the leader of the drug trafficking organization. One FBI agent wrote in an affidavit that he was the North Carolina point man for a criminal narcotics organization that has ties to Texas, Louisiana and Mexico.

Many drug deals and conversations about trafficking happening around Tuscarora Nation Road, where Mitchell and Christopher Locklear live, and references to drugs being stored in the Tuscarora community center and gym, and hundreds of conversations between alleged co-conspirators were taped by federal agents.

In the most recent documents, an auto repair shop called Tuscarora Nation Garage, where Mitchell Locklear and Christopher Locklear reportedly work, has served as a warehouse for narcotics. Several storage sites are detailed as well as drug deals going back to 2011 which show Mitchell Locklear’s alleged operation receiving more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana.

All members of the alleged conspiracy pleaded not guilty when first arrested. However, Torrey Locklear accepted a plea agreement at his arraignment in June. The details of the agreement are sealed until his sentencing hearing, currently scheduled for Sept. 11.

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By Mike Gellatly

Reach Mike Gellatly at 910-816-1989 or via Twitter @MikeGellatly

Reach Mike Gellatly at 910-816-1989 or via Twitter @MikeGellatly