Drug suspect still on loose

By Mike Gellatly - mgellatly@civitasmedia.com

LUMBERTON — An alleged drug trafficker is still at large six weeks after being indicted, the only person from a reputed drug-selling organization not taken into custody yet.

Andres Garza was indicted in April with 11 other people as part of an alleged conspiracy to distribute more than a ton of marijuana and large quantities of cocaine in Robeson County. The 11 others have been arrested and have appeared before a federal magistrate to have bond set or be jailed until trial. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service have not been able to catch Garza.

“We are still actively looking for Andres Garza,” FBI Special Agent Shelley Lynch said.

Federal and local law enforcement personnel arrested six people after a raid on March 16 during which authorities seized dozens of firearms and more than $168,000 in cash. An indictment was issued one month later by a grand jury charging the original six and five more people, including Garza.

Mitchell Ray Locklear, also known as Black Mitchell, his son, Christopher Mitchell Locklear, Timmy Lloyd Hunt, Torrey Locklear, Kevin Dwayne Revels, and 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 Garza were indicted on conspiracy to distribute narcotics charges.

After the indictment, arrest warrants were sworn out for Strickland, Godwin, Enriquez, Brayboy and Garza. The U.S. Marshals Service has served all the warrants and returned them to U.S. District Court in Wilmington, except for Garza’s warrant.

Court documents name all 12 members under the conspiracy charge, but the majority of the 30 counts are distribution of marijuana and cocaine charges naming Revels or Torrey Locklear. Those charges stem from dozens of controlled narcotics purchases made by informants working with the FBI, according to court documents. The indictment claims 24 of those buys took place between May 5, 2016, and Feb. 17, 2017.

Garza is only named in the conspiracy charge.

By Mike Gellatly


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

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