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Five members of Robeson County drug trafficking organization sentenced

(MGN)

U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced today that five members of a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) operating in Robeson County were sentenced.

The DTO was responsible for shipping and distributing large quantities of cocaine and marijuana within the Eastern District of North Carolina, according to a release.

Mitchell Ray Locklear, 55, of Maxton, N.C. was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

Timmy Lloyd Hunt, 43, of Maxton, N.C. was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Brandon Darris Locklear, 36, of Maxton, N.C. was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Archie Lynn Strickland, 41, of Fairmont, N.C. was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Torrey Locklear, 38, of Maxton, N.C. was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, cocaine and cocaine base (crack.)

There are four additional defendants that are pending sentencing, according to the release.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and Immigration and Custom Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI.)

Additional assistance was provided by the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina National Guard and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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