Tuscarora chief among 6 facing drug charges


By Mike Gellatly - mgellatly@civitasmedia.com



LUMBERTON — A clan chief of the Tuscarora Indian Nation is among six people arrested today for allegedly operating a drug trafficking organization that brought large quantities of cocaine and marijuana into Robeson County.

The chief, Mitchell Locklear, 54, his son, Christopher Locklear, 34, Timmy Lloyd Hunt, 42, Torrey Locklear, 37, Kevin Dwayne Revels, 35, all of Maxton, and Kevin Clark, 30, of Rowland, were each charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine. Torrey Locklear and Clark are also each charged with oxycodone distribution and Revels is facing an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Federal authorities and Robeson County Sheriff’s Office seized 68 firearms during raids today, according to court documents and the Department of Justice.

Mitchell Locklear is the Tuscarora Indian Nation Beaver Clan Chief and has been highlighted in affidavits from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the leader in drug distribution also.

“Mitchell controls a drug trafficking organization,” an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court reads.

One FBI agent says that Mitchell Locklear was the North Carolina point man for an organization that has ties to Texas, Louisiana and Mexico.

The organization dealt hundreds of kilograms of marijuana and dozens of kilograms of cocaine, according to court documents, since the beginning of the FBI investigation began in April 2015. The documents said that the FBI used undercover informants and tapped cellphones used by the alleged conspirators to infiltrate the organization.

According to court documents, Mitchell Locklear led the organization and Torrey Locklear was charged with storing and selling the narcotics, Hunt handled money from the sales, Christopher Locklear was a narcotics distributor, while Revels was a “lower level” dealer.

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By Mike Gellatly

mgellatly@civitasmedia.com

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

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