Federal judge sentences 7 for Charlotte crimes

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced seven men who prosecutors say were responsible for violence and dealing drugs in a Charlotte neighborhood.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1qIFNZZ) the seven are among 10 people arrested last year by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and federal agents following a six-month investigation into drug trafficking in Charlotte.

Federal officials say the other three defendants have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing. The seven received sentences ranging from 24 to 49 months.

According to court documents and testimony during Thursday's sentencing hearing, undercover agents made about 30 drug purchases between July 2012 and January 2013 from the group at a residence.

Federal prosecutors said the government is seeking forfeiture of the house where the drug sales took place, and that action is pending in court.

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