Federal Authorities: Gastonia Man Convicted On Drug Trafficking And Gun Charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte federal jury has convicted 37-year-old Marcus Curry of Gastonia, North Carolina on drug trafficking and firearms charges after a three-day trial ending on January 22nd.

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Marcus Curry

Federal authorities say Curry is charged with four counts of distributing crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, possession of firearms to further a crime, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Police say Curry is currently in federal custody and faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

Detectives say on March 5th, 2020 FBI agents and officers searched Curry’s home and seized crack cocaine, powder cocaine, various chemicals, $1,081 in drug proceeds, and other supplies used for cooking powder cocaine into crack cocaine.

Officers say they also seized two firearms and ammunition including an assault pistol loaded with an extended high-capacity magazine, a .45 caliber handgun capable of firing shotgun shells,
and a 100-round capacity ammunition drum loaded with 76 rounds.

Detectives say Curry is already a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition, and through witness testimony detectives say Curry was planning to intimidate a witness.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray says this conviction could not have happened without help from the FBI and officers with the Gastonia Police Department.