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9 arrested in "Operation Enderly Park"

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Nine Charlotte men were arrested Friday on federal drug charges during an early morning roundup conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

The arrests and indictment are the result of "Operation Enderly Park," a six-month investigation conducted jointly by the DEA and CMPD to target and reduce violent crime in Mecklenburg County, with special emphasis placed on Enderly Park neighborhood in northwest Charlotte, the report states.

The defendants were apprehended early Friday morning and were charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, marijuana and cocaine.

Those arrested and charged were Theodore Falls, 38, Maurice Crawford, 32, Derrick Lowery, 31, Derrick Owens, 35, Aaron Ligon, 48, Mario Wilson, 23, Cadaryl Drayton, 25, Curtis Smith, 36, and Lavar Rodgers, 31, all of Charlotte.

Mary Falls, 70, also of Charlotte, was arrested and charged with one count of maintaining drug-involved premises.

Another defendant named in the indictment, Nathaniel Washington, 30, of Charlotte, has not been arrested yet, officials said.

All defendants, except Ligon and Smith, had their initial appearances Friday in U.S. District Court and were detained, pending their detention hearings. The defendants charged with drug conspiracy face a statutory minimum prison term of five years and a maximum of 40 years, and a $5 million fine.

Mary Falls faces a maximum prison term of 20 years and a $500,000.

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